Desert Combat

The Colorado Rockies dropped an extra-innings affair to the San Francisco Giants Saturday night amid showers, and Sunday was completely washed out, leaving Colorado with 1-1 split versus SF on the heels of a 2-2 split with the San Diego Padres earlier in week 3 of the 2015 MLB season.  They started the week on a 3-game skid at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and it continued Monday night with the 2015 debut of mercurial left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who promptly laid a 2-inning 9-run/9-hit egg that blew the bullpen-out and precipitated a roster move.  Wilin Rosario was the odd man out, and was not happy about it as John Axford was activated from the restricted list and Scott Oberg returned from Albuquerque.  LaTroy Hawkins was placed on the Disabled List with bicep soreness.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls…

The Rockies lost again to San Diego, which turns-out to be as scary as advertised, Tuesday, then Kyle Kendrick righted the ship Wednesday with 7 decent innings and Daniel Descalso temporarily shed the RWO Most Hated Rockie title with just that, a walk-off single for a 5-4 victory and the end of a 5-game skid.  Thursday afternoon Jordan Lyles was slick over 6-2/3 and sore-footed Corey Dickerson delivered a victory with his 5th 2015 homer.  Friday Dickerson was at it again, driving-in the final run in the 3-run 6th inning of a 6-4 win that saw Eddie Butler dance his way around 9 hits in 6 complete.  DLR was back for the Saturday loss, looking pretty standard over 5 innings and 90 pitches.

As expected, Nolan Arenado, who sat-out Monday and Tuesday with a strained wrist, came back at full strength for more dazzle, but Dickerson continued to battle the plantar fasciitis that sat him down Monday.  To date, anyway, it hasn’t slowed his bat.  In the meantime, the ‘pen has taken another hit, with closer Adam Ottavino hitting the DL with elbow soreness.  Jorge Rondon has been recalled from the Isotopes.

Colorado heads-out on the road for 3 in Arizona, a Thursday off, and 3 on the weekend with the Padres, starting tonight at 7:40 at Chase Field in Phoenix.  Lefty Tyler Matzek (1-0, 2.40) will go for the Rockies against Chase Anderson (0-0, 3.00) of the Diamondbacks.  Matzek started the Tuesday loss to San Diego, going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 walks and 4 hits.  Anderson was also out Tuesday, going 7 strong against the Texas Rangers, surrendering only a run on 3 hits.  In a scandal sure to rock the Colorado starters, he walked no one.

Arizona has replaced the Staff of Champions, and Chip Hale is the new manager.  He’s pencilled a number of suspicious names into tonight’s lineup, including Yasmani Tomas, a 3rd baseman who hits 5th, and Nick Ahmed, a right-handed hitting shortstop batting 8th.  Dickerson and his foot took full advantage of Sunday’s rainout, and he’s back in-action hitting 2nd for the Rockies in left-field.  Mike McKenry gives Nick Hundley the night off, catching and hitting 7th.

Looks like the Chase Field roof will be open.  Game time temperatures will be in the low 80°s with very little humidity.  The wind will blow slightly out from left to right at 7 MPH.  Drew Goodman takes the Root Sports show on the road, and I’m no longer guessing who his partner will be.  Radio’s on 850 am KOA.

COLORADO (10-8)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Michael McKenry (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Matzek (L) P
ARIZONA (8-10)
Ender Inciarte (L) LF
A.J. Pollock (R) CF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Mark Trumbo (R) RF
Yasmany Tomas (R) 3B
Chris Owings (R) 2B
Tuffy Gosewisch (R) C
Nick Ahmed (R) SS
Chase Anderson (R) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Zero to DL with triceps inflammation. Jorge Rondon called up. 98 MPH flame thrower. David Hale activated and optioned to Albuquerque. Looks like Rex Brothers lost his mojo and no longer on radar.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

more and more research showing a tie to sliders/cutters and the increase in elbow injuries. Here’s an article just out; http://www.hardballtimes.com/pitching-injuries-a-pitchf-x-look/ Here’s a snippet: “Results: Elbow Injuries I identified 114 pitchers from 2008-2010 that suffered major elbow injuries that fit the criteria that I set forth above. Using the nine-factor model above, BMI and Slider/Cutter % were statistically significant at the alpha = 0.10 level, while vertical release point variance was statistically significant at the alpha = 0.05 level! Using… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Nothing to do with elbow, just triceps inflammation

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Absolutely elbow related.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Easy win. No sweat. Had it all the way.

Funny about Ottavino. He says he feels nothing different. And they put him on the DL before getting MRI results? Something weird there.

Goodman/Huson said they looked at Matzuk running down the first-base line and didn’t see him pull up or anything. But why didn’t they show us?

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Hindsight 20/20 but not being able to pitch 6th makes decision not PH in bottom of 5th for Matzek open to some second guessing.Not really questioning the decision,just saying….

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill – it’s not weird. There are certain elbow injury warning signs, and forearm strains/soreness/tendinitis (anything forearm) is warning sign #1. Hopefully it was caught early enough.

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Just a clarification but the triceps are not in the forearm but are in the upper arm.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Thanks Bob K. Maybe you can now understand why I went the physics route instead of anatomy route for all those college years! I’ve always, always, always mixed up biceps, triceps, extensors, and flexors.

I do know they all come together at that crowded elbow joint – and almost always we hear of a strain or tendonitis in one of them before the dreaded “TJ.”

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

11-8! I’ll take it. RMH, I wouldn’t be so sure there’s no elbow involvement with Ottovino. It’s not the dreaded description “forearm strain” but I googled “triceps inflammation” and that one has also been a precursor to elbow/TJ surgery. Seems like basically anything with the muscles that attach to the elbow is cause for concern. Carp, was that your own research on slider/cutter heavy pitchers? Very nice stuff.

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Forearm strain, forearm tendinitis, bicep strain, bicep tendinitis……..all red flags. All related. All connected through the elbow area.

Not my research – that’s a snippet from the Hardball Times article I linked. There’s a better article floating around out there from about a month ago, but I can’t (re)find it. Regardless, more and more evidence linking the slider/cutter torque motion on the forearm and elbow injuries.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Josh Hamilton, Rangers: weird for the Rangers to want him back, not because of the rehab lapse thing, but because he just doesn’t seem to be any good anymore. I guess they are taking so little of the contract that they view it as a good thing for the fanbase with little downside. Saw an extended part of his press conference and I can see how he rubbed some Angels folks the wrong way. He seemed to place a significant… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Why won’t the baseball gods ever allow us to have a dominant closer? I hadn’t felt that we had a lights-out closer since they move Chin-Hui Tsao to closer back in the last week or so of 2004, and we all know how that worked out (1 save, shoulder trouble, never the same). No other closer or closer pretender in Rox history has actually had the combination of high velocity and a true swing-and-miss pitch. (You real longtime sufferers can… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

And I should note that Rex Brothers was already on his way along his steep path toward suckitude by the time they used him as a closer …

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