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Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra has minor injury

Rockies news and links for July 24, 2017

Rockies Gerardo Parra sits with swollen calf | MLB.com
On Saturday, it seemed like Gerardo Parra was just getting the day off. Then the Rockies held Parra out of the lineup on Sunday, too. Now we know why. He was suffering from a minor injury, a bruised calf. He's not expected to land on the disabled list.

Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 24, 2017 | Baseball Prospectus ($)
Jeffrey Paternostro has a first hand scouting report of Rockies pitching prospect Yency Almonte. It's positive for a few reasons. First, Paternostro writes that Almonte's mechanics are "simple" and produce "an easy 95 whenever he wants it." Even more positive, he also writes that Almonte is able to maintain his velocity as games progress.

He describes Almonte's slider and changeup both flashing plus—with the slider more advanced—although he apparently didn't need them much in this start. Finally, Paternostro suggests that Almonte's polish makes him the best starter on the Yard Goats, ahead of his teammate Ryan Castellani. He concludes: "Almonte's ability to measure out his arsenal and superior pitchability makes him the better long term bet for me, and a potential 101 name come this offseason."

Trevor Story is “back to normal,” and with Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies have a “huge boost” | The Denver Post
Having Trevor Story re-capture his rookie season and Carlos González regain a form that makes him one of the three best outfielders on the Rockies would be great for this club. Both had good games on Sunday; however, that was a moment in a long season of struggle for both of them. A big road test is coming for them and the team. The three games in St. Louis and three in Washington will take the team to the edge of the trade deadline a week from today.

Blake Street Bombers left unforgettable impression in Rockies’ first 25 years | The Denver Post
This is a fun one. Patrick Saunders talked to the Blake Street Bombers of old—Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette, Larry Walker, Andrés Galarraga, and Ellis Burks—taking them and many readers on a trip down memory lane. Their moment was defined by playing in the best hitting environment during the best hitting era since the 1930s, pre-humidor Coors Field. The humidor has now been around for more than twice as long as it wasn't. That makes the wild 1995-2001 era all the more fun to return to.