Gerardo Parra has settled in as the Rockies untraditional cleanup hitter; Ian Desmond slowed; Tyler Anderson improves | The Denver Post
Among Nick Groke's notes were some very important injury updates. Though he is eligible to return from the 10-day DL, Ian Desmond's strained right calf will keep him from playing a little while longer. Due to the lengthier stay on the DL, he's also likely going to need a minor-league rehab before returning. Kyle Freeland did agility work yesterday and is supposed to run at full speed today to test out his groin. Tyler Anderson is also supposed to throw his first bullpen session today after having arthroscopic knee surgery.
While he's no longer on the DL, Chad Bettis threw his last "rehab" appearance last night and did quite well. The expectation is that he will return to the Rockies rotation on Monday when the Rockies return home from their current road stand. Thanks to the two off days this week the Rockies will utilize a four-man rotation until then with Antonio Senzatela starting today's game against the Cleveland Indians and Jon Gray, Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez pitching in the weekend series against the Marlins.
If you're looking for Rockies-related podcasts to listen to to escape sports radio dominated by Broncos talk, check this one out. They talk about last night's disappointing loss but turn to the positive side of things and try to figure out what the Rockies playoff rotation would look like.
While the Rockies bullpen has blown saves the past two nights due to Greg Holland finally looking human, the overall picture of the bullpen is looking better. Jake McGee has returned from the DL and Mike Dunn is back to his early-season form. Since being acquired, Pat Neshek has pitched extremely well though he has experienced some horrific batted ball luck. Chris Rusin is still as steady as ever and Adam Ottavino has made some positive strides with his command. A strong bullpen can lead to a deep playoff run and the Rockies are positioning themselves well for one.
Eric Garcia McKinley takes a deep look at Charlie Blackmon's historic triples pace this year and the mark it could leave on the Rockies record book.
In case you haven't gotten the memo yet, you should probably clear your schedule for October 4. The NL Wild Card game will take place on October 4 and the Rockies are looking like a very strong contender to be playing in that game and possibly host it as well.