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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado expects to play, despite injured hand

Rockies news and links for August 18, 2017

Nolan Arenado leaves a Rockies blowout after re-injuring his hand | The Denver Post
Nolan Arenado appears to be fine after re-injuring his left hand. While he said he expects to play tonight, I'll believe it when I see him on the lineup card. It's reasonable to give Arenado's hand a day or two to heal before inserting him back in the lineup.

Colorado Rockies live chat with Nick Groke | Denver Post
Nick Groke took a mid-day mailbag yesterday. He answered questions about the waiver wire, Jonathan Lucroy's fit into the clubhouse, and David Dahl's improbable return to baseball action in 2017.

Rockies Bud Black could use Votto alignment |
The Cubs used four outfielders against Joey Votto earlier in the week. Black said that he, when he was the Angels' pitching coach in 2002, recalled talking about doing something similar against Barry Bonds in the World Series. While Black did say he believes these types of alignments will become more common, he didn't indicate that it's on his mind for actual use with the Rockies right now.

The next decade of Major League Baseball could be defined by this trend | BSN Rockies
In a similar vein, Jake Shapiro discusses even more of the outfield shifts Black has experienced in his career, at least at the level of discussion.

Summer Top-100 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball
The Rockies have graduated a lot of prospects this year, so it's not surprising for them to take a hit on prospect lists. In this in-season top 100, the Rockies only place two prospects. Brendan Rodgers comes in at number 25—I'm going to venture and say that will be a low ranking for him once offseason lists start to come out. The only other Rockies prospect to rank here is Riley Pint at 46. Ryan McMahon is listed in the "others considered category."

Colorado Rockies playoff odds benefit from everyone else’s struggles | Purple Row
Adam Peterson updated us on the Rockies current playoff odds, which are still in great shape.

Colorado Rockies announce playoff ticket lottery and purchase details | Purple Row
Speaking of which, you can now register for the postseason ticket lottery.