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Top Rockies News

  • Rockies' Austin Gomber: Making spring debut Wednesday

    Gomber (back) is slated to start Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Angels, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    He's expected to work two innings before turning the game over to a cadre of relievers. Gomber didn't make any appearances after Aug. 28 last season due to lower-back inflammation, but he seems to have received a clean bill of health heading into spring training. After agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million deal with the Rockies in the offseason to avoid arbitration, Gomber's rotation spot should be fairly secure heading into Opening Day.

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  • Rockies' Michael Toglia: Strong start to Cactus League

    Toglia has gone 3-for-7 with two home runs through his first three games of the Cactus League.

    Toglia has earned 272 plate appearances in the majors combined across the last two seasons, but he's struggled to just a .187/.246/.325 line in that span. As a result, he's in a battle for a roster spot as a reserve at first base and in the outfield, along with the likes of Hunter Goodman and Elehuris Montero. Toglia will need to continue to perform well to ultimately earn a roster spot, but he's made a strong impression early on this spring.

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  • Rockies' Jaden Hill: Shifts to relief role

    Hill has transitioned to a relief role for the Rockies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Hill was selected in the second round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft but did not make his debut until 2022 due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He worked as a starter thereafter and reached High-A Spokane in 2023, but the Rockies ultimately decided to shift him to a relief role during the Arizona Fall League. With a fastball that can touch triple digits, Hill has the potential to work in a high-leverage role at some point in his professional career.

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  • Rockies' Charlie Blackmon: Expected to be primary DH

    Blackmon is expected to serve as the Rockies' primary designated hitter in 2024, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

    Blackmon signed a one-year, $13 million extension with the Rockies just before the close of the 2023 campaign. Given that financial commitment, he's expected to keep a significant role on the team. Blackmon has stated a desire to play regularly in right field, but manager Bud Black is prioritizing carefully managing the veteran's workload.

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  • Rockies' Brenton Doyle: Bulks up over offseason

    Doyle put on 20 pounds of good weight since the end of the 2023 season, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Doyle made his big-league debut in 2023 and appeared in 126 games, all of which came in center field. He showed some intriguing power and speed potential, tallying 10 homers and 22 steals in 431 plate appearances. Doyle posted only a .140 ISO, so the added muscle could help him reach more power. However, his primary path to improved production would be cutting down on his 35 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Rockies' Sean Bouchard: Favorite to start in right field

    Bouchard is the top candidate to start in right field for the Rockies to begin the 2024 season, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

    Brenton Doyle and Nolan Jones will almost certainly account for the majority of at-bats in center and left field, respectively, to begin the season in Colorado. However, there are more significant questions in right field, with Bouchard and Hunter Goodman looking to be the primary options. Saunders suggests that the Rockies desire stability at the position, which could give Bouchard the edge to begin the campaign. In 140 career plate appearances, he's maintained a .432 wOBA, though he's also struck out at a 27.9 percent clip.

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  • Rockies' Ryan Rolison: Looks healthy for spring

    Rolison (undisclosed) was spotted throwing off flat ground at Rockies camp Wednesday, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Rolison didn't pitch after June 2 last season due to an unspecified injury, with the extended absence once again costing the 26-year-old some meaningful development time after his entire 2022 season was wiped out by shoulder surgery. Though Rolison looks to be healthy entering camp, he was moved off the 40-man roster in the offseason and will likely need to pitch well for an extended period at Triple-A Albuquerque before he gets the chance to make his MLB debut.

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  • Rockies' Tyler Kinley: In mix for closer job

    Kinley will compete this spring with Justin Lawrence to be the Rockies' closer, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Kinley missed much of the 2023 season following flexor tendon surgery but led the club with five saves in September. He didn't exactly pitch well that month, though, blowing one save opportunity and allowing five runs over 10.2 innings. It's a situation unlikely to bear much fantasy fruit no matter who wins -- Pierce Johnson led the Rockies with 13 saves last season.

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  • Rockies' Justin Lawrence: Competing with Kinley at closer

    Lawrence and Tyler Kinley are competing this spring to become the Rockies' closer, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Manager Bud Black indicated that he plans to name one of the two relievers his closer prior to Opening Day. Lawrence's 11 saves in 2023 leads all returning Rockies relievers, but Kinley notched five saves in September. For fantasy purposes, this is one of the shakiest closer situations in baseball.

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  • Rockies' German Marquez: Throwing off mound

    Marquez (elbow) threw off a mound Friday, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.

    Marquez is ramping up his throwing program after he underwent Tommy John surgery last May. The hope is that the veteran right-hander will be ready to rejoin the Rockies' rotation at some point after the All-Star break.

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  • Rockies' Case Williams: Held back by triceps injury

    Williams is currently slowed by a stress reaction in his right triceps, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Williams suffered the injury last month and will need some down time before ramping things back up. The 22-year-old had been on the Rockies' list of non-roster invitees, but it sounds like the injury put the kibosh on that. Williams posted a 7.08 ERA over 23 starts at Double-A Hartford in 2023.

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  • Rockies' Daniel Bard: Surgery less invasive than expected

    Bard did not need to have the meniscus repaired as initially expected during his arthroscopic left knee surgery Wednesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    He merely had a cleanup performed instead, which has shortened his timetable to return from 5-to-7 weeks down to four weeks. A stint on the injured list still seems likely for Bard, but it might now be a relatively short one. Once healthy, the 38-year-old could eventually be in the mix for saves in Colorado's bullpen.

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  • Rockies' Daniel Bard: Requires meniscus surgery

    Bard (forearm) will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to begin the regular season on the injured list, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

    Bard finished 2023 on the IL with a flexor strain in his right forearm and will begin 2024 in the same fashion after he suffered a torn meniscus in a throwing session just over a week ago. The 38-year-old had a 4.56 ERA and 47:49 K:BB in 49.1 innings last season and was expected to compete for the closer role during spring training. A projected 5-to-7-week recovery timeline from surgery means Bard likely won't be game ready until April.

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  • Rockies' Bradley Zimmer: Lands in Colorado as NRI

    Zimmer signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Zimmer spent time at the Triple-A level in the Dodgers and Red Sox organizations in 2023, hitting eight homers and stealing 19 bases in 78 games. The 31-year-old has a career .631 OPS and 33.9 percent strikeout rate over parts of six major-league seasons. He'll try to win a reserve outfielder role in Colorado.

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  • Rockies' Matt Carasiti: Back in Colorado as NRI

    Carasiti signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Jan. 29 that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Carasiti was roughed up to the tune of a 6.29 ERA and 16:11 K:BB across 24.1 frames for the Rockies last season, but they saw enough promise in him to bring him back. The 32-year-old reliever figures to open the 2024 campaign at Triple-A Albuquerque.

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  • Rockies' Ryan Feltner: Ready to compete for rotation spot

    Feltner (elbow) is healthy heading into spring training and will compete for a rotation spot, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Feltner had an injury-plagued 2023 campaign, first suffering a skull fracture after being struck by a line drive in mid-May. He ended the season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, but he has fully recovered and will be entering the spring at full strength. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll start the season in the majors or the rotation, as he posted a 5.82 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 43.1 innings with the club in 2023. Peter Lambert and Noah Davis are the other primary candidates to be the team's fifth starter.

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Injuries

Player Injury
G. Marquez SP German Marquez SP Elbow
D. Bard RP Daniel Bard RP Knee
K. Freeland SP Kyle Freeland SP Oblique
A. Senzatela SP Antonio Senzatela SP Elbow
L. Gilbreath RP Lucas Gilbreath RP Elbow

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