DJ LeMahieu’s been out with a thumb strain for the past couple weeks, but he’s been getting some rehab time in Arizona. He went to Arizona to extended spring training versus so he will have access to the Rockies spring training facilities and get plenty of at-bats. He played Tuesday afternoon and apparently felt pretty good. The Rockies will give him a little more time to get back to where he needs to be.
Adam Ottavino was placed on the 10-day DL on Monday after suffering a strained oblique. Bud Black says this was more of a precaution to protect Ottavino, and that he’s not likely to be out for long. David Dahl also has a bit of soreness after the collision on Monday. The Rockies have suffered only a few minor injuries this year, and these three will hopefully prove to have minimal damage on the team overall.
David Dahl had a pretty rough-looking run-in with Brandon Crawford at second base in Monday’s game. Like with Ottavino’s injury, Bud Black wanted to play it safe and prevent anything worse from happening to Dahl. His leg was wrapped up, and although he said it was okay, I’m personally okay with them sitting him out. The Rockies currently have several defensive options, and they might as well protect their players rather than risk further injury.
Every Rockies fan in Denver was very nervous as we watched a grimace cross Nolan Arenado’s face during Sunday’s game. He stretched his leg around, later saying that it was a smidge of a groin pull and that he’d played through worse. He tells a story of spraining his wrist but playing regardless. And he’s not the only one. Chris Iannetta has some gnarly stories as well. Years ago, he broke a bone in his hand, then played for ten more days before finally getting an MRI. He was hit in the face with a ball last year, fracturing two teeth and breaking his nose. Baseball, though not a contact sport, is still really hard on the body. Players are constantly dealing with injuries, both minor and major. There are some things that players can do to help protect their bodies, but a lot of it is just being able to deal with the pain.