The Rockies made a bunch of moves in preparation for the series against the Padres. One of these was prompted by an injury to Chris Iannetta, who strained his right lat and was placed on the 10-day IL. They called up Drew Butera, who missed his chance initially with the Rockies this year, but he’s done pretty well in the minor leagues, especially in terms of hitting. The Rockies also called up Antonio Senzatela, who started off 2019 with a blister infection. Chad Bettis got moved to the bullpen, as Tyler Anderson will soon return from his IL stint. Noel Cuevas will see some action in the outfield as Yonathan Daza. Hopefully Cuevas can bring his strong bat to the Rockies, and we’ll see what these changes will mean for the team.
The Colorado Rockies are a team that hasn’t been around for a terribly long time, but they’ve still managed to be the home of some greats. There was, of course, the wonderful #17, worn by Todd Helton, the only number the Rockies have retired. The number 9 jersey has been successful, worn by both Vinny Castilla and DJ LeMahieu. Other Rockies to wear 9 include Juan Pierre, Ian Stewart, and now Daniel Murphy. Tony Wolters’ number 14 has some history as well, with Andres Galarraga and Dexter Fowler both wearing it. Troy Tulowitzki wore 14 his rookie season, and Castilla had it in 1999. Our current star Nolan Arenado wears 28, which has also been worn by Aaron Cook. The first player wear 28 was Lance Painter. The final prestigious jersey number is 33. Larry Walker had 33 from 1995-2004. It wasn’t worn again until 2014, when Justin Morneau donned the number. In their 26 years, the Rockies have seen some outstanding players, and that tradition can only continue to get better and better.
In minor league news, the Lancaster Jethawks took a huge lead over Inland Empire. Unfortunately, the Isotopes were on the other end of this, falling to Tacoma 10-1. Asheville was defeated by Hickory, and so was Hartford by Richmond.