News: Dickerson is out of the lineup Monday against the Cubs.
Impact: Dickerson has sat for the last two games the Rockies have faced a left-handed starter, and Monday will be no different, as manager Walt Weiss will elect to go with the right-handed bat of Brandon Barnes in left field. Dickerson owns a .325 batting average on the season, but is hitting just .250 over 48 at-bats against southpaws, so the move makes sense from a matchup standpoint. He'll likely return to action Tuesday when the Cubs send righty Edwin Jackson to the hill.
News: Stubbs (foot) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Cubs.
Impact: Stubbs missed Sunday's game after exiting early with a foot injury Saturday, and it looks as if his absence will extend at least another day. With the return of Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) to the lineup Monday, there's one less outfield spot to go around, so Stubbs could very well be facing reduced playing time anyway. Nonetheless, he's been in the lineup the last 22 games the Rockies have faced a left-handed starter, so his absence against southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada suggests an injury is still in play.
News: Gonzalez (ankle) is back in the lineup Monday against the Cubs.
Impact: Gonzalez missed back-to-back contests while nursing a sore ankle, but will return to right field Sunday night. The 28-year-old has struggled a bit since his activation from a previous DL stint, going 8-for-38 at the dish, but he does have two home runs over that span. Despite the perpetual injury concern, Gonzalez remains a threat to hit homers in bunches at any point.
News: Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Pirates.
Impact: After dealing with an ankle injury heading into the week, Blackmon seems to have rounded back into form, recording a hit in five of his six starts last week while chipping in a stolen base. Blackmon's otherworldly April is firmly in the rearview mirror, but he's still carrying a batting average a tick over .300 and remains in striking distance of a 20-20 campaign.
DJ LeMahieu - #9 - Second Base - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Pirates.
Impact: LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to six games Sunday, concluding a highly productive week at the plate. While he didn't provide much in the form of counting stats as per usual, LeMahieu racked up 11 hits in 23 at-bats during that span, raising his season average from .277 to .291.
Brandon Barnes - #1 - Right Field - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Barnes went 1-for-2 with his fifth homer of the season and two RBI in the 7-5 Rockies victory.
Impact: Barnes' two-run homer marked the pinnacle of the Rockies' three-run outburst in the fourth inning, but the outfielder missed out on a big opportunity with the bases loaded in the fifth, hitting into an inning-ending double play. He'll continue to function as the Rockies' fifth outfielder, seeing the bulk of his at-bats in pinch-hitting scenarios.
Franklin Morales - #56 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 210lbs
News: Morales (5-5) didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Pirates, lasting just four innings in the 7-5 Colorado victory. He surrendered two runs on six hits and a season-high five walks in the outing.
Impact: It's a small miracle that Morales was able to limit the damage to two runs, considering the bases were regularly filled with Pirates throughout the afternoon. Still, Morales needed all of 99 pitches to get through four innings, prompting another early call for an overworked bullpen. Morales has netted better results since rejoining the rotation July 3, yielding a 3.05 ERA over his four starts. However, the shiny ERA is not indicative of how poorly he's pitched, as he's compiled a measly 16:14 K:BB ratio over 20.2 innings during that time, covering six innings only once.
Chad Bettis - #35 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Bettis was tagged for three runs on four hits (including a two-run homer) in his one inning out of the bullpen Sunday vs. the Pirates.
Impact: The Rockies likely wanted to get more than an inning out of Bettis after starter Franklin Morales was pulled after four innings, but Bettis ended up coughing up a 4-2 lead. Moved to long relief after a disastrous run as a starter last season, Bettis has been even worse out of the bullpen, delivering a 9.38 ERA and 2.17 WHIP. The former top pitching prospect for the Rockies has provided little optimism that he'll ever find success at Coors Field, and could surely benefit from a change in scenery.
News: Tulowitzki has been receiving dry needling treatment on his ailing thigh in Philadelphia this weekend, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Tulowitzki made the long trek from Denver to Philadelphia in order to meet William Meyers, a surgeon considered one of the foremost experts in sports injuries. The shortstop previously consulted with Meyers for his sports hernia surgery in 2012, but the Rockies are hoping Tulowitzki will be able to avoid that sort of season-ending procedure this time around. Once Tulo returns to Denver, the Rockies should have a better idea on a potential timetable for his recovery.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Rutledge was 3 for 5 with three RBIs in an 8-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Impact: Rutledge continues to thrive in place of Troy Tulowitzki, going 13 for 29 over his last seven games with nine RBIs.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Arenado was 3 for 5 with his eighth home run of the season in an 8-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday.
Impact: Arenado is 13 for 42 (.310) over his last 11 games with seven extra-base hits and seven RBIs.
News: Morneau (neck) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: The Rockies haven't yet decided if Morneau will spend one or two games on assignment, but if he comes through Monday's game with no complications, he could be activated from the DL as early as Tuesday. Regardless of what occurs, Morneau appears poised to miss the minimum 15 days or very close to it as a result of his injury.
News: Logan (stomach) will make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: Logan is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but hasn't progressed enough to join the club. He is nearing his return with a rehab assignment, but it is unclear how many games Logan will require before returning to the big-league roster.
News: Gonzalez (ankle) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Gonzalez was a late scratch Saturday after rolling his ankle earlier in the day and will miss Sunday's contest as well. The Rockies lost Drew Stubbs to injury Saturday, leaving the team with just four outfielders available for Sunday's game.
News: Stubbs (foot) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Stubbs left Saturday's game in the fifth inning with a foot injury and will miss Sunday's contest as a result. The team is depleted due to injuries, with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez also out, but the Rockies are stacked in the outfield and Corey Dickerson will start in Stubbs' place Sunday.
News: Arenado went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 8-1 win over the Pirates.
Impact: Arenado seems to have finally rediscovered his power stroke. After returning from a long stint on the DL, the young third baseman went 54 plate appearances without a home run. However, Arenado is now 5-for-14 with two roundtrippers over his last four games and could be on track for a big second half.
News: Morneau took batting practice Saturday for the first time since landing on the 15-day DL with a neck strain, MLB.com reports.
Impact: He's eligible to return from the DL on Tuesday. It's not clear if he'll return when eligible, but this is an encouraging sign.
News: Stubbs left Saturday night's game after injuring his left ankle.
Impact: Stubbs led off the fourth inning with his 11th home run, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh. Corey Dickerson pinch-hit for Stubbs in the fifth.
News: Stubbs left Saturday's win over Pittsburgh in the fifth inning with an injured foot, MLB.com reports. Said the outfielder, "My spikes got caught in the dirt and my foot rolled over a little bit. I had to grit my teeth a little bit going around the bases. And as soon as I tried to run, it lit me up a little bit."
Impact: Stubbs did homer in the contest, so not all was lost. If he can bounce back quicker than Carlos Gonzalez (ankle), Stubbs could stand to earn a little more playing time in the short term.
News: Tulowitzki visited noted surgeon William C. Meyers on Saturday to discuss his left hip flexor strain, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Tulowitzki will visit the same surgeon who performed surgery to remove scar tissue from his right groin in 2012. The severity of his injury isn't clear, but this likely isn't a good sign.
News: Rutledge went 2 for 4 with four RBIs in Friday's win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Rutledge has been terrific in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki. He's 10 for 24 with six extra-base hits and six RBIs over the last six games.
News: Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in Friday's 8-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Gonzalez is slugging just .448 this year, down from his career mark of .523.
News: Updating a previous report, Gonzalez is out of the lineup Saturday after rolling his right ankle earlier in the day, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: Gonzalez was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup for reasons that were undisclosed at first. It's now known that his absence is caused by a minor ankle ailment, which occurred at some point during pre-game warmups and not during Friday night's tilt. He'll likely attempt to get back in action for Sunday's series finale.
News: Gonzalez was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Gonzalez was originally slated to start in right field, but was scratched in order to get Brandon Barnes into the lineup. Charlie Blackmon will take over in right, with Barnes in left and Drew Stubbs in center. At the moment, it's currently unclear if there is an injury in play or if manager Walt Weiss simply wanted to get an extra right-handed bat in the lineup against lefty Jeff Locke.
News: Dickerson is out of the lineup Saturday against the Pirates.
Impact: Dickerson has made four straight starts for the Rockies, but will sit in favor of Brandon Barnes in left field. With lefty Jeff Locke on the mound for the opposing Pirates, manager Walt Weiss likely wants to stack his lineup with as many right-handed bats as possible.
News: Arenado is in the lineup Saturday after being benched Friday night for a lack of hustle.
Impact: Arenado was slow getting down the first base line in the fourth inning Friday, leading to speculation that he may have been dealing with an injury, but manager Walt Weiss clarified after the game that the 23-year-old was removed for disciplinary reasons. Apparently, all is forgiven, as Arenado is penciled in to man third base and bat third Saturday against lefty Jeff Locke.
News: Anderson doesn't expect the blister on his left index finger to prevent him from making his next start, scheduled for Wednesday vs. the Cubs, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Prior to exiting in the seventh inning of Friday's start against the Pirates, Anderson had put the clamps on the opposition, scattering two hits and four walks over 6.1 shutout frames. The lefty has been magnificent in back-to-back starts against the Pirates and could be a decent streaming option against the Cubs, assuming his blister doesn't end up pushing back his schedule.
News: Rosario went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI facing the Pirates on Friday.
Impact: Although his pace is well behind last season's numbers (.292/.315/.486, 21 HR, 79 RBI), Rosario is still one of the better slugging catchers in the league. Rosario gets very streaky at times as a hitter, so a power run could be on the way. Stay patient with his bat.
News: Gonzalez hit his 10th homer of the season on Friday against the Pirates as he went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
Impact: It's been a season to forget for Gonzalez this year (.250/.300/.448) including injury, poor play and a positional change. With 15 strikeouts in his last 36 at-bats, there seems to be no sign of consistent contact since CarGo was activated from the DL on July 11. If you've got CarGo on roster, you really have no choice but to play him.
News: Rutledge (.308/.362/.500) had a terrific Friday night against the Pirates as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI.
Impact: It's been a great run for Rutledge over the last bunch of games. He is now starting to show consistency with the bat, which means he'll likely continue to remain in the Rockies lineup. Rutledge needs to have a keener eye and take more walks, so be wary of his .362 OBP considering he's been a bit lucky with the bat of late.
News: Arenado was removed for a lack of hustle on a grounder during the fourth inning Friday night, rather than an injury as previously reported, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
Impact: Whether he'll miss time beyond Friday night's removal remains to be seen, but manager Walt Weiss shared the reason for Arenado's departure during his post-game press conference Friday night after there was speculation that he had suffered an injury.
News: Anderson had to leave Friday's start after 6.1 innings due to a blister on one of his fingers that opened up, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Anderson was actually putting a pretty good game together one of the Rockies' best pitching performances of the season departing, holding the Pirates to no runs on just two hits en route to his first win of the season. A blister seemed to be his biggest competition of the day and he'll be hoping that it heals up in time for his next outing.
News: Arenado was removed from Friday's game with an apparent lower-body injury, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.
Impact: He was running out a ground ball in the fourth inning when the injury apparently occurred, and a diagnosis has not yet been announced. Charlie Culberson replaced Arenado at third base.
Jordan Lyles - #24 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 212lbs
News: Lyles (hand) will make a rehab start for High-A Modesto on Saturday.
Impact: The plan is for Lyles to make two minor league rehab starts before rejoining the Rockies' rotation Aug. 5. Barring a setback Saturday, Lyles will likely join Triple-A Colorado Springs next week to complete his assignment.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Blackmon was 2 for 5 with his 53rd RBI in Wednesday's 6-4 win over Washington.
Impact: Blackmon appears to be heating up as he's batting .425 over his last nine games. He had been 6 for 36 over his previous 11.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: De La Rosa turned in another fine start Wednesday, giving up an earned run in 7 1-3 innings of a 6-4 win over Washington.
Impact: De La Rosa is 5-0 in his last six starts and owns a 1.78 ERA over the last four.
LaTroy Hawkins - #32 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 219lbs
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hawkins entered Wednesday's game in a non-save situation, surrendering two runs on four hits over his lone inning.
Impact: Hawkins has given up runs in both of his appearances since the All-Star break, but at this point, the only thing that seems likely to push him from the closer role is a trade to another club before the deadline. However, given his anemic strikeout rate along with the Rockies' losing ways, Hawkins can safely be considered a low-end closing option.
News: Dickerson went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and one RBI in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Nationals.
Impact: Dickerson got the scoring started for Colorado, doubling off Stephen Strasburg in the first inning to bring home Josh Rutledge, and he smacked another two-bagger in the fifth. Although he will likely continue to sit against tough lefties, Dickerson is batting a robust .354/.417/.641 with 11 homers against right-handers this season, and the Rockies will lean on him as a key run producer with Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) on the DL.
News: Rutledge went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Nationals.
Impact: Troy Tulowitzki's placement on the DL with a thigh injury earlier in the week opens the door for Rutledge to see near-everyday time at short for the Rockies, and it looks like he'll continue to see regular time in the two-hole as well. The 25-year-old is 14-for-37 (.378 average) this season when batting in the No. 2 spot, and he's also shown to ability to chip in the occasional home run and stolen base.
News: De La Rosa was charged with two runs (one earned) on eight hits over 7.1 innings in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday. He fanned 11 and did not issue a walk.
Impact: The 11 strikeouts established a new season-high for De La Rosa, whose previous high this season was eight, and he fell just one short of matching a career-high. De La Rosa posted a 7.11 ERA in six June outings, but he's at least put himself back on the radar in NL-only leagues by posting four straight quality start to begin July. As things line up now, De La Rosa will make two starts next week, at home against the Cubs and Tigers.
News: Rosario is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Nationals.
Impact: Manager Walt Weiss is strictly looking to rest his top backstop with the Rockies playing a day game after a night game. Rosario will give way to Mike McKenry behind the plate Wednesday afternoon.
News: Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Nationals.
Impact: Gonzalez has looked lost at the plate since returning from the a finger injury July 11, going 7-for-32 (.219) with 14 strikeouts. Even prior to missing five weeks with the ailment, Gonzalez had been hitting at far lower standards than his career norm. While his absence Wednesday is likely just for a mental rest, it's tough to bet on Gonzalez breaking out of his season-long slumber anytime soon.
News: Arenado went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
Impact: The home run was the first since May 5 for Arenado, who is batting just 12-for-58 (.207) upon returning from the disabled list earlier this month. While his fractured finger interrupted what might have been a breakout season, Arenado is still carrying a .282 batting average and, on a per-game basis, he's well ahead of his rookie numbers in just about every other category.
DJ LeMahieu - #9 - Second Base - 6'4" - 205lbs
News: LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.
Impact: LeMahieu keeps humming along with a .283 average, but his ongoing presence in the No. 8 spot in the Rockies lineup offers few opportunities to pile up runs. Moreover, LeMahieu has been far less effective on the basepaths this season, going just 8-for-15 on his stolen base attempts.
Jordan Lyles - #24 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 212lbs
News: Lyles (hand) is on pace to return when first eligible on Aug. 4 following Tuesday's successful live bullpen session, MLB.com's Cody Ulm reports.
Impact: He is looking to start a rehab assignment Saturday with High-A Modesto, and a second rehab start would come on July 31, lining him up to start for the Rockies on Aug. 5 if everything goes well. Lyles posted a 3.52 ERA in 69 innings prior to the injury, and is worth a stash in deeper leagues, though his 16.8 percent K-rate and the fact that he pitches for the Rockies diminish his upside.
News: Rutledge likely will start at shortstop while Troy Tulowitzki's (thigh) is on the disabled list.
Impact: Rutledge will make his third straight start Tuesday, batting No. 2 in the order. As a leading candidate for the NL MVP award, Tulowitzki is irreplaceable, but Rutledge at least represents a somewhat attractive alternative. He's batting .293 with three homers and 12 RBI over 116 at-bats and has shown some aptitude on the bases in addition to his decent amount of pop.
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) was placed on the 15-day DL by the Rockies on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: This makes sense given how far out of it the Rockies have fallen. Tulowitzki has been out since getting hurt on Saturday night. "I think this is for the best," Tulowitzki said. "I've already missed some time, and with where we are right now, we think this is the best move so I can get healthy."
News: Blackmon (ankle) is in the lineup again Tuesday against the Nationals, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: After sitting out Sunday's game with ankle soreness, Blackmon returned Monday and went 1-for-5 with a double in the 7-2 loss.
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Impact: A thigh cramp forced Tulowitzki from Saturday's game, and he's set to miss a third straight start Tuesday as a result, but the 29-year-old is optimistic he'll be able to avoid the disabled list. It's not clear, however, whether Tulowitzki will be available in any capacity for the final two games of the series against Washington. Josh Rutledge will continue to man short in his absence.
Franklin Morales - #56 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 210lbs
News: Morales (5-5) got the loss Monday against the Nationals after giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with four walks in six innings.
Impact: Morales officially logged a quality start, but that sounds better than his line actually looked. The lefty allowed 13 baserunners in six innings, including a two-run bomb to Ian Desmond in the fourth inning. Morales sports a 5.21 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 65:40 K:BB in 93.1 innings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday.
News: Logan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with diverticulitis, a condition in which the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed or infected.
Impact: Nick Masset (strained left patellar tendon) was reinstated from the DL to take Logan's place in the bullpen.
Michael Cuddyer - #3 - Right Field - 6'2" - 221lbs
News: A recent MRI showed improvement in Cuddyer's fractured left shoulder, and the veteran outfielder is now targeting a mid-August return, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The previous target was mid-to-late August, so Cuddyer is perhaps progressing a bit better than expected. Given that he's 35 years old and in the final year of his contract, Cuddyer would be a sensible trade target for certain contenders, though a deal would likely have to wait until after July 31, allowing him to first prove his health.
News: The Colorado Rockies placed Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck.
Impact: The move is retroactive to July 14. Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs. He also took part in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.
Nick Masset - #37 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 238lbs
News: Masset (knee) was activated from the 15-day DL and is available for Monday's game.
Impact: He has a 4.94 ERA in 23.2 innings this season out of the Rockies' bullpen prior to his knee injury, and won't sniff any saves, so his fantasy value is quite limited.
News: Logan (stomach) was placed on the 15-day DL Monday, retroactive to July 12.
Impact: Nick Masset was reinstated as the corresponding move, and is available for Monday's game. Logan has not only been unable to contribute much to the Rockies this season because of injuries, but he's also an afterthought in fantasy leagues, as he is a fairly unimpressive middle reliever.
Tyler Matzek - #46 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 210lbs
News: Matzek did not get a decision Sunday.
Impact: Matzek allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings. The rookie struck out a career-high eight. "Tyler did a great job," manager Walt Weiss said. He faces the Bucs again next weekend.
Michael McKenry - #8 - Catcher - 5'10" - 205lbs
News: McKenry homered Sunday.
Impact: McKenry played last season for the Bucs so this was a special moment.
News: Rutledge's two-run homer in the first Sunday was his first since June 27.
Impact: Rutledge owns a .822 OPS for the Rockies.
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) doesn't believe he'll require a stint on the disabled list, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Tulowitzki is optimistic as expected, and has his sights set on returning to action for Tuesday's tilt against the Nationals. However, if his sore thigh doesn't respond well to Tuesday's pregame exercises, Josh Rutledge would likely man shortstop for the third straight game.
Jair Jurrjens - #41 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 200lbs
News: Jurrjens was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Monday.
Impact: Jurrjens had been optioned to Triple-A prior to the All-Star break, but the Rockies needed his spot on the 40-man roster in order to select the contract of Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 28-year-old has a chance to become a free agent if he clears waivers, but after allowing 11 earned runs in 9.1 innings over two starts with the Rockies, it's unlikely he draws much interest on the market.
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game in the first inning due to a thigh cramp, and will now miss his second consecutive contest as a result. Although the Rockies recently were graced by the return of Carlos Gonzalez, Justin Morneau (neck) was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday, while Tulo continues to sit out, leaving their offense in a tough spot. Josh Rutledge will make his second straight start at shortstop in place of Tulo.
News: Morneau will be placed on the 15-day DL due to a neck strain, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Morneau hasn't played since prior to the All-Star break, which will allow the Rockies to backdate his stint to June 14. As a result, Morneau could return to the Rockies in just over a week. Ben Paulsen was recalled to make a start Monday night, and Wilin Rosario, Kyle Parker and Charlie Culberson could also see reps at first base while Morneau is on the shelf.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Anderson spent seven innings keeping the Pirates off balance with a dizzying array of breaking balls Saturday.
Impact: Anderson struck out eight and gave up one run ahead of his next outing, also against the Pirates.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez hit a two-run bomb Saturday.
Impact: Gonzalez owns a .755 OPS for Colorado.
Mike McKenry - #8 - Catcher - 5'10" - 205lbs
News: McKenry went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, his second of the season, in Colorado's loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Impact: McKenry is unlikely to have much fantasy value in most leagues as he continues to back up Wilin Rosario for the Rockies.
News: Rutledge went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: Rutledge put the Rockies out in front early, but they were unable to hang onto the lead. Rutledge is hitting .295/.358/.464 in 112 at-bats this season.
Matt Belisle - #34 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 225lbs
News: Belisle picked up the loss in his second consecutive appearance Sunday against the Pirates, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk while recording just two outs.
Impact: Belisle also took the loss Friday against Pittsburgh and saw his ERA rise from 4.85 prior to the weekend's series up to 5.63.
News: Blackmon's X-rays on his left ankle following Saturday night's game came back clean, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Blackmon will be held out of Sunday's lineup as a precaution, but he appears to have avoided any serious injuries. He'll look to return to his regular role in center field early next week.
News: Dickerson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Dickerson has started four straight games for the Rockies, but will get the day off in favor of Brandon Barnes on Sunday.
News: Blackmon (ankle) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Blackmon continues to await the results of the X-rays taken after he turned his left ankle in Saturday night's contest. Although he played all 11 innings Saturday night, the Rockies' center fielder is day-to-day for the time being. Drew Stubbs will take over in center for the Sunday afternoon tilt.
News: Rosario is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Rosario will receive the day off after catching all 11 innings of Saturday night's contest. Michael McKenry will man the backstop in his stead.
News: Morneau (neck) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Morneau has yet to make a start since the All-Star break due to lingering neck stiffness. He'll eye a return during the upcoming three-game series with the Nationals.
News: Tulowitzki (thigh) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.
Impact: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game with a thigh cramp and will sit out Sunday as a precaution. Josh Rutledge will man shortstop in his stead. Tulo will look to return for the three-game series against the Nationals that begins Monday.
News: Gonzalez supplied all the offense for the Rockies in Saturday's 3-2 loss, slugging a two-run homer in the seventh inning.
Impact: Opposing starter Charlie Morton was mostly stellar against the Rockies on Saturday, but Gonzalez ensured that he walked away with a no-decision by taking the groundball specialist deep in his final inning. The homer was Gonzalez's first since being activated from the disabled list on July 11.
News: Morneau (neck) remains out of the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Pirates, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: A late scratch from Friday's lineup with neck stiffness, Morneau will sit again Saturday, as Charlie Culberson draws another start at first base. Morneau, who is listed on the lineup card as a reserve, should be considered day-to-day for now, but a DL stint likely can't be ruled out until the team elaborates on the severity of the issue.
News: Anderson had his best start of the season Saturday against the Pirates, allowing one run in seven innings with eight strikeouts.
Impact: Anderson was making his second start since returning from a broken finger, and the first start did not go well. He could be available in plenty of leagues at this point, but his injury history and inconsistency over the last couple of seasons are still an issue.
News: Blackmon will have X-rays taken after turning his left ankle during Saturday's game, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Blackmon, who played all of Saturday's 11-inning game, should be considered day-to-day for now. With a southpaw on the mound Sunday in Jeff Locke, Drew Stubbs could very well receive a spot start, if Blackmon is deemed unable to play.
News: Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because of a left hip flexor strain.
Impact: The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop was hurt while running out a grounder at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He was held out of the next two games before being placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday. This is Tulowitzki's first trip to the disabled list this season. He is hitting .340 and is third in the NL with 21 home runs.
News: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game in the first inning after pulling up slow while running out a groundball, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Impact: Tulowitzki was replaced in the field in the bottom of the first inning by Josh Rutledge. The injury was later announced to be a cramp in his thigh. Tulowitzki should be considered day-to-day for now.
News: De La Rosa failed Friday in a bid for his fifth consecutive victory.
Impact: De La Rosa allowed one run over six innings and will try again next week against the Nats.
News: Dickerson went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases and his 36th RBI in Friday's loss to the Bucs.
Impact: Dickerson has a .973 OPS and could be a good pick-up after the All-Star break if your fantasy competitors are snoozing.
News: Butler (shoulder) was activated from the DL and optioned to Double-A Tulsa on Saturday.
Impact: The expectation was that Butler would be back up with the Rockies to fill the fifth rotation spot Tuesday against Washington, but plans could change after he was knocked around for six earned runs over 5.1 innings in a rehab start with Colorado Springs on Friday. Given their lack of options, however, the Rockies may not have a choice but to turn to Butler, but they haven't announced any official rotation plans for the Nationals series.
News: Butler (shoulder) was touched up for seven runs (six earned) over 5.1 innings during Friday's rehab start at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He walked three batters and struck out four during the outing.
Impact: Though Butler's second turn at Triple-A since landing on the DL was disastrous, the Rockies are likely just satisfied that he came through the outing healthy. The team doesn't exactly have attractive alternative options for the rotation, so despite the discouraging performance, look for Butler's next outing to come with the Rockies during the upcoming week.
Matt Belisle - #34 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 225lbs
News: Belisle was charged with the loss Friday against the Pirates, after he was blasted for two runs on three hits while recording just one out.
Impact: Belisle's season ERA jumped to 5.26 after the porous outing, while his five holds put him on pace for his worst showing since 2009. The rubber-armed righty had been a dependable cog in middle relief for the past few seasons, but the Rockies' decision to exercise their $4.25 million 2014 option on the right-hander last winter is starting to look like a mistake.
News: Blackmon is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Impact: With a left-hander in Francisco Liriano toeing the rubber for Pittsburgh, Blackmon will yield center field and leadoff duties to Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson, respectively. Blackmon will likely continue to sit against tough southpaws after batting .270/.282/.440 against lefties in the first half, but he should continue to lead off against right-handers.
News: Logan was unavailable Friday due to neck stiffness, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The injuries continue to mount in Logan's first season with Colorado, and he's day-to-day with his latest ailment.
News: Gonzalez was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the Rockies' loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Impact: He also left five men on base in a game the Rockies would end up losing 4-2. He was hitting in his normal three spot in the lineup in front of Troy Tulowitzki, but the pair combined to go 0-for-8 with a pair of walks, which generally does not bode well for the Colorado offense.
News: Dickerson was 2-for-4 with a walk, one RBI, and two steals in a losing effort against the Pirates on Friday night.
Impact: He's hitting a nice .329 but has to fight for at bats in a crowded Colorado outfield. He hit leadoff and the two steals give him eight on the year so there is some value to be had in deeper or NL-only leagues.
News: De La Rosa turned in a solid performance Friday night, allowing just one run on four hits, walking three and striking out two over six innings, but was left with a no-decision in the Rockies' 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: It's been an up-and-down season for De La Rosa, who was going for his 11th win despite a 4.39 ERA. He left the game with a one-run lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it so he'll try for number 11 again next time out at home against the Nationals.
News: Morneau was scratched from Friday's lineup with a stiff neck, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.
Impact: Charlie Culberson will get the start at first base, and Morneau should be considered day-to-day for now.
News: Morneau was scratched from Friday's lineup, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Impact: There has been no word of an injury to Morneau, so it seems manager Walt Weiss just thought better of starting him against lefty Francisco Liriano. Charlie Culberson will man first base and bat eighth in his absence, with Nolan Arenado moving up into the five-hole in the order.
News: Butler (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Rockies' rotation Tuesday against the Nationals, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Shoulder inflammation sent Butler to the DL after his major league debut, but he was able to begin a rehab assignment last weekend and it sounds like he'll make just one more minor league start before rejoining the big league rotation. The Rockies have turned to the likes of Christian Bergman, Jair Jurrjens, and Tyler Matzek to fill rotation spots in the weeks since Butler hit the shelf, and there was little doubt he would reclaim a spot once healthy. His matchup Tuesday against the Nationals at Coors Field, however, is likely one many will want to avoid.
Tyler Chatwood - #27 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 185lbs
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chatwood (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Expected be an anchor in the Rockies' rotation for years to come after going 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA in his age-23 season, Chatwood made just four starts with the big club in 2014 and now looks primed to miss the majority of the 2015 campaign. He was originally diagnosed with a right flexor strain and elbow tightness after landing on the DL in late April, but the injury proved more severe when he was unable to complete his live batting practice session last week. This will be Chatwood's second Tommy John surgery; he first went under the knife as a 16-year-old in high school. The loss of Chatwood leaves Colorado's starting pitching corps in even worse condition, with Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) also likely out for the season, and Eddie Butler and Jordan Lyles also on the DL.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The choice for the final spot on the National League home run derby squad was easy for captain Troy Tulowitzki. Morneau, his Colorado teammate, had the chance to go back to his baseball home in Minnesota.
Impact: Morneau missed out on the NL All-Star team, despite a renaissance season with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and a .312 batting average in his first 89 games for the Rockies. But as a former home run derby champion and a four-time All-Star with the Twins before a concussion derailed his career, Morneau seemed destined to be at the festivities this week at Target Field, in some form.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morneau went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the visiting Twins.
Impact: The big Canadian slugger closes the book on the first half of 2014 having regained his old form, hitting .307 with 38 runs, 13 jacks and 60 RBI. He should be a treat to watch during Monday's Home Run Derby in front of his old home crowd in Minneapolis.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson (0-3) was knocked around by the Twins on Sunday, giving up six runs on 10 hits while walking three and fanning four in five innings. It was his first start since April 12, when he suffered a broken finger.
Impact: Things turned ugly rather quickly for the southpaw, as the Twins jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first thanks to seven hits in the frame. Anderson settled down from there on out, giving up just three hits in the four innings that followed. Now that he's got the proverbial rust off, look for him to tighten things up further when he next pitches after the break.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Blackmon went 5 for 5 and drove in a run in a 9-3 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.
Impact: Blackmon, ninth in the NL with a .306 average, is 11 for 17 (.647) during a string of four multihit games. He has 29 this season.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Stubbs hit a two-run homer in Friday's 6-2 win over Minnesota.
Impact: Stubbs has hit safely in six straight, going 8 for 24 with four homers and seven RBIs.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: De La Rosa threw six innings of one-run ball to beat Minnesota 6-2 on Friday.
Impact: De La Rosa is 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA after winning each of his last four starts.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Tulowitzki hit his 19th and 20th homers of the season in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Padres.
Impact: Tulowitzki's .350 batting average over his last 32 games mirrors his season average, though he has just 12 RBIs in that span.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Blackmon was 2 for 4 and homered for the second straight game in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Padres.
Impact: Blackmon appears to be on the rise, going 4 for 8 over his last two games after batting just .167 in his previous 11 contests.
Wed. July 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Blackmon was 2 for 4 with his 13th home run of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 win over San Diego.
Impact: Blackmon had been stuck in quite the power outage in his previous 23 games, slugging just .319 with no home runs.
Yohan Flande - #58 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 180lbs
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Padres optioned left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Impact: Flande went 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in three starts since he was brought up.
Kyle Parker - #16 - Left Field - 6'0" - 205lbs
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Colorado Rockies recalled utility player Kyle Parker from Triple-A Colorado Springs before their game Tuesday night against San Diego.
Impact: This is the second time Parker has joined the Rockies this season. Parker, a first-round pick in 2010, is still searching for his first big league hit.