Mike McKenry - #8 - Catcher - 5'10" - 205lbs
News: McKenry is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: McKenry will receive the day game off Sunday following two starts behind the plate and a larger-than-normal workload as of late. Jackson Williams gets the start behind the plate Sunday and will bat eighth for the Rockies.
Tyler Matzek - #46 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 210lbs
Sun. Aug 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Matzek appears to have turned things around. He allowed three hits over seven innings in a 2-0 win at Arizona on Saturday.
Impact: The left-hander has won his last two starts after losing five in a row.
News: De La Rosa (thumb) is set to take the mound Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: De La Rosa jammed his thumb in sixth inning of his last start while attempting a bunt. Although he had some numbness initially, it dissipated after the game, leading him to the conclusion he would likely make his next start. That is indeed the case, as he will take the mound for his 28th start and will go for his 14th win of the season.
News: Rutledge is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Rutledge is just 1-for-18 over his last six games and will take a day off Sunday to get his head right for September. Charlie Culberson will get the start at shortstop in his place and will bat seventh for the Rockies.
News: Stubbs is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Impact: Stubbs will sit Sunday after an 0-for-4, two-strikeout night at the plate Saturday. Brandon Barnes will get the start in right field Saturday and will bat sixth for the Rockies.
News: Blackmon went 1-for-4 on Saturday facing the Diamondbacks, as he hit his 16th home run (396 feet) of the season while scoring a run and netting one RBI.
Impact: The Rockies outfielder has really come into his own this season and has an outside shot of reaching the 20/20 mark. Blackmon (.288/.334/.435) started the season off like wildfire but has been consistent enough over the year that his drop in batting average hasn't been too worrisome.
News: McBride parked his second homer of the season on Saturday against the Diamondbacks as he went 1-for-3 while scoring a run and driving in one RBI on the night.
Impact: With the Rockies injuries of late, the 29-year old McBride is getting a chance to play. He's had less than 20 at-bats to this point in the season, but should get more opportunities down the line in a lost season for the Rockies.
News: Hawkins (2.68 ERA) picked up his 22nd save of the season on Saturday facing the Diamondbacks, as he walked one and struck out two hitters in one inning pitched.
Impact: As far as closing options go in the league, Hawkins is turning into one of the best in the game this season. Aside from the lack of opportunities, Hawkins hasn't had a blown save since May 18 while putting up fantastic ratios overall.
News: Morneau is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Fellow lefty swingers Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson are both in the lineup, but Morneau will sit as Matt McBride mans first and bats sixth against Vidal Nuno. Morneau is enjoying a strong bounce-back campaign after a disappointing 2013 season, but he's still batting just .241/.270/.380 against southpaws.
News: Lyles turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out five over six innings of a 4-1 loss to the Giants on Thursday afternoon.
Impact: Lyles (6-2, 4.08 ERA) has struggled through much of August, but he kept his team in this one even though they never mounted much of an offense. He made one mistake early allowing a two-run home run to Gregor Blanco, but was strong before tiring in the sixth where he issued all three walks. He'll look for a better outcome when he faces the Giants again, this time at Coors Field, in his next start.
News: Stubbs is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.
Impact: Michael Cuddyer's placement on the DL last weekend with a hamstring issue has thrust Stubbs back into a regular role, but manager Walt Weiss will likely continue to get him occasional rests against right-handed starters. Charlie Blackmon will return to center field Thursday with Brandon Barnes in left. Stubbs is batting .304/.355/.471 with three homers and five steals since the All-Star break.
Mike McKenry - #8 - Catcher - 5'10" - 205lbs
News: McKenry is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.
Impact: McKenry will receive a well-deserved day of rest after starting five straight games, with Jackson Williams stepping in to catch Jordan Lyles. Wilin Rosario was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a wrist concern, meaning McKenry will serve as the primary option behind the plate for at least the next 10 days or so.
News: Rutledge is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.
Impact: Charlie Culberson will spell Rutledge at shortstop in the finale against San Francisco, following an 0-for-11 showing from Rutledge in the first three games of the series. Rutledge's average has fallen more than 50 points since the end of July, but he should continue to see most of the time at the position with Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) out for the year.
News: Morales gave up a run on seven hits and a walk while striking out six over six innings against the Giants on Wednesday.
Impact: Morales pitched well enough to win, but was out-dueled by Tim Hudson on Wednesday. The game would ultimately be decided when Buster Posey un-broke the tie with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Despite the solid outing, Morales has had a disappointing season with a bloated 5.14 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 124.1 innings. He'll face the Giants and Tim Hudson again Monday, but this time at home.
News: The Colorado Rockies placed left-hander Boone Logan and Rosario on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: Rosario, nursing an inflamed left wrist, has batted .248 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs in 91 games.
Boone Logan - #48 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
News: The Colorado Rockies placed Logan and catcher Wilin Rosario on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: Logan, on the disabled list for the third time this season, has left elbow inflammation for the second time. He is 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 35 relief appearances.
Christian Friedrich - #53 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 215lbs
News: Friedrich was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday.
Impact: Friedrich converted to a long relief role at Triple-A after he experienced horrendous results as a starter with both Colorado Springs and the Rockies earlier this season. His numbers weren't dramatically better while working out the bullpen, but the big club will probably only turn to him in games where the outcome is already essentially decided.
Boone Logan - #48 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 215lbs
News: Logan (left elbow inflammation) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Impact: Logan will head to the disabled list for the fourth time this season, and for the second time due to elbow inflammation. The three-year, $16.5 million contract the Rockies gave to Logan in December looks extremely regrettable, as the lefty has delivered an ugly 6.84 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 25 innings this season in between his many stints on the DL.
News: Rosario was placed on the 15-day DL with left wrist inflammation on Wednesday.
Impact: Rosario attempted to take batting practice the last couple of days with the hope of proving to the team's medical staff that he was healthy, but his wrist didn't respond the way he had hoped. He'll be eligible to return from the disabled list Sept. 7, but it remains to be seen if he'll heal fast enough to meet that timeline. In the meantime, Mike McKenry will take over as the Rockies' No. 1 catcher.
News: De La Rosa (thumb) believes he'll be able to make his next start Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Rick Eymer of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: De La Rosa jammed his thumb while attempting to bunt in the sixth inning, but remained in the game to pitch the bottom half of the frame, before he was pulled after allowing a two-run homer. He said the numbness in his thumb dissipated after the game, giving him confidence that he'll be able to take the hill for his second start of the week. The Rockies will likely wait and see how he comes through his between-starts throwing session before determining if he's fit to pitch Sunday.
News: Manager Walt Weiss acknowledged Tuesday that Rosario's wrist injury could keep him out longer than expected, MLB.com reports. "He's been getting treatment and trying to swing the bat in the cage the past couple days," Weiss said. "But he's getting close to probably looking at a DL [stint]. The wrist just isn't responding like we want."
Impact: Rosario has missed the previous four games due to the injury, with Mike McKenry garnering the starts behind the plate in his stead. The Rockies will likely wait until Wednesday before reaching a decision on Rosario, but if he does indeed require a DL stint, look for the team to call up Jackson Williams from Triple-A Colorado Springs for catching depth. With 10 homers and a .248 batting average in addition to the injury issues this season, Rosario has been a major disappointment this season relative to where he was selected in fantasy drafts.
News: De La Rosa returned Sunday for the Rockies.
Impact: De La Rosa had a left thumb contusion.
News: De La Rosa pitched just five innings because of a thumb contusion Tuesday against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out five in the loss.
Impact: We'll see how his thumb effects him for his next start, but his inconsistent season continues, as he now sports a 4.19 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 114:54 K:BB ratio in 154.2 innings pitched. If he can make his next start, it will come Sunday on the road against the Diamondbacks.
News: De La Rosa was removed from Tuesday's start against the Rockies with a left thumb contusion, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: De La Rosa left the game on track for the loss, after yielding two runs and striking out five over five innings. The injury might have been sustained during his at-bat in the top of the sixth inning, as he had trouble locating his pitches in the bottom half of the frame, walking Hunter Pence and then giving up a two-run homer to Buster Posey. The Rockies likely will wait to see how he progresses the next two days before determining if De La Rosa is fit to make his next start, scheduled for Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Adam Eaton - #49 - Pitcher -
News: The Chicago White Sox have activated Eaton from the 15-day disabled list.
Impact: Eaton is leading off and playing center field for Tuesday night's game against Cleveland. Eaton, 25, was placed on the disabled list Aug. 9 with a strained right oblique. He went 3 for 10 in two games with Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.
News: LeMahieu is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: This comes as no surprise, as LeMahieu is just 2-for-20 in his career against lefty Madison Bumgarner, Tuesday's starter for San Francisco. Charlie Culberson will man second base and bat eighth in his absence. While LeMahieu has racked up eight hits in his last four games, he's still batting .190/.239/.270 in August.
News: Dickerson is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: With lefty Madison Bumgarner on the hill for San Francisco, manager Walt Weiss will take the opportunity to get Dickerson his first breather since Aug. 5. Dickerson has put together an outstanding sophomore season and has shown no signs of slowing, with a .295/.304/.580 batting line and six homers in August.
News: Blackmon is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: Blackmon has hit safely in each of his last nine starts and is 3-for-7 lifetime against Tuesday's starter Madison Bumgarner, but manager Walt Weiss remains intent on limiting his exposure to tough lefties. Josh Rutledge will take over atop the order with Drew Stubbs in center, but look for Blackmon to be available off the bench and back in the lineup Wednesday to take on right-hander Tim Hudson.
News: Rosario (wrist) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Impact: A slide into second base last Friday left Rosario with a sore right wrist, and the 25-year-old is now set to miss a fourth straight start as a result of the injury. Mike McKenry will catch again Tuesday, and if Rosario isn't ready to go by Wednesday, the team may have no choice but to bring up another backstop from Triple-A.
Tyler Matzek - #46 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 210lbs
News: Matzek ended his lengthy losing streak Monday, allowing two runs with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 3-2 win over San Francisco.
Impact: The left-hander had been 0-5 with an 8.06 ERA over his previous five starts.
News: Morneau continued his run at the NL batting title by going 2 for 3 in Monday's 3-2 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Morneau entered Tuesday's action leading the NL with a .317 average - six points ahead of Philadelphia's Ben Revere.
News: LeMahieu went 2-for-3 with a double in Monday's win over the Giants.
Impact: LeMahieu has now produced multi-hit games in three of his last four starts, but as a consequence of batting low in the order, he hasn't scored any runs. It appears the Rockies value the greater speed and power potential Drew Stubbs brings to the two-hole, so it looks like LeMahieu will continue to hold down a spot in the bottom third of the order.
News: Hawkins struck out two and walked a batter during a scoreless ninth against the Giants on Monday for his 21st save of the year.
Impact: Hawkins is closing in on his career-high 28 saves from his days with the Twins. He needed 37 opportunities in 2001 to get that number. Hawkins is more more efficient in 2014, going 21-for-22.
News: Stubbs went 3 for 5 with an RBI in Sunday's 7-4 win over visiting Miami.
Impact: Stubbs has helped pick up a short-handed Colorado offense, batting .462 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games.
News: Rosario (wrist) is out of the lineup Monday against the Giants.
Impact: Rosario, who is dealing with a sore left wrist, was able to take batting practice Sunday, but hasn't yet been cleared to resume game action. He first suffered the injury on Aug. 20 against the Royals, and has only played one game since that time. Mike McKenry will act as the team's everyday catcher until Rosario is cleared to return.
News: Stubbs should continue to receive regular playing time following Michael Cuddyer's (hamstring) placement on the 15-day DL on Sunday.
Impact: Activated from the DL on Aug. 16, Cuddyer lasted just over a week before he was felled by another injury. As a result, fantasy owners who held on to Stubbs after Cuddyer's activation will be rewarded, as the outfielder continued his excellent season with three hits, an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Marlins. As is the case with many Rockies hitters, Stubbs' numbers get a massive bump at Coors Field, so he may not be the best option in deeper leagues this week with Colorado set to play seven games on the road.
News: Arenado went 2-for-4 with his 14th homer of the season in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
Impact: Arenado is simply sizzling at the plate right now, producing multi-hit games in six of his last eight contests. Though a hand injury cost him a large chunk of action this season, he's already made stark improvements in just about every offensive category from his rookie campaign.
News: Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth inning en route to his 20th save of the season in Sunday's 7-4 victory over the Marlins.
Impact: Save opportunities have been limited for Hawkins in the second half, but he's made the most of his chances by converting 20-of-21 save attempts. While his strikeout rate lags far behind the game's top closers, his 2.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 45 innings have still given him plenty of value.
News: Blackmon was 2 for 4 with his 23rd double in a 7-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday.
Impact: Blackmon has hit .405 with nine runs scored in as many games.
News: Arenado stayed hot in Sunday's 7-4 win over Miami, going 2 for 4 with his 14th home run.
Impact: Arenado is batting .414 with 12 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs over his last 18 games.
Sun. Aug 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Colorado Rockies have placed Cuddyer on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, and they have activated right-hander Christian Bergman.
Impact: This has been a frustrating season for Cuddyer, who's making his third trip to the DL this season. The NL batting champion also was out with a strained left hamstring and missed more than two months with a fractured left shoulder.
News: Lyles allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out five and walked five in Saturday's no-decision against the Marlins.
Impact: Lyles has had an unimpressive month, as he sports a 6.06 ERA and a 13:6 K:BB ratio in August.
Carlos Gonzalez - #5 - Left Field - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Gonzalez (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Gonzalez out for the season after undergoing knee surgery, the Rockies will be able to clear up a roster spot by moving him to the 60-day DL. Christian Bergman, who was activated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move, will take the mound for Sunday's tilt with the Marlins.
News: Rosario is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins due to a sore right wrist, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Rosario apparently sustained the injury while sliding into second base in Friday's game. The Rockies would prefer not to use Mike McKenry for Sunday's afternoon tilt after he caught 13 innings a day earlier, but Rosario isn't considered healthy enough to catch just yet. He could be forced to miss a couple more games as a result of the injury.
News: Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Rockies haven't suggested that an injury is in play for Morneau, who recently dealt with a neck ailment. Instead, it appears he is just getting some rest for preservation purposes. Matt McBride will cover for him at first base.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) landed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, Jenny Cavnar of ROOT Sports reports.
Impact: Cuddyer hoped to return to the lineup Sunday, and did record a plate appearance Saturday in a pinch-hitting capacity, but it appears something went wrong along the way. He will now head to the DL instead, and because of the appearance in Saturday's contest, he won't be eligible to return until Sept. 7. The injury is one of a lengthy list of ailments that have caused him to miss a large portion of the season. The 35-year-old has played in just 34 games for the Rockies, and his persistent health issues may make manager Walt Weiss reluctant to use him on an everyday basis once he returns from the DL.
Brandon Barnes - #1 - Right Field - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Barnes hit his seventh home run the season and drove in two runs in Saturday's win over the Marlins.
Impact: Barnes' two-run shot helped the Rockies erase an early one-run deficit. He's picked up starts in two of the last three games with Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) unavailable, but his run of playing time could be coming to an end after Cuddyer was able to pinch hit in Saturday's contest.
News: Dickerson hit the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Rockies a 5-4 victory over the Marlins on Saturday. He finished 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI.
Impact: Dickerson sent the game into extra innings with a home run to tie the game in the ninth inning. He's having himself an excellent season, batting .322 with 19 home runs, 61 RBI, 58 runs, and eight stolen bases.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) hopes to play Sunday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: He took swings in the cage and did some fielding drills before Saturday's game to test his injured left hamstring, but he'll still sit out his fourth game in a row with the injury. Consider him day-to-day and a possibility to start Sunday.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) remains out of the starting lineup Saturday.
Impact: Cuddyer wasn't cleared to play Friday, and the expectation is that he'll be held out until Sunday at the earliest. Brandon Barnes will start in right field for the Rockies on Saturday night.
News: Dickerson went 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Impact: After claiming NL Player of the Week honors last week, Dickerson continued his power surge Friday, supplying his fifth homer in 11 games. His 18 homers on the season trail only Troy Tulowitzki (21) for tops on the Rockies.
News: Arenado went 4-for-4 on Friday facing the Marlins, with one run scored.
Impact: Although Arenado jumped up his batting average to .306 on the year, it was a pretty empty night considering the amount of hits he tallied. Even so, Arenado is putting the ball in play and currently has 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats.
News: Morneau went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI while driving out his 14th homer of the season on Friday against the Marlins.
Impact: The 33-year-old first baseman has kept his batting average around the .300 mark since the middle of June. Morneau's slash line (.319/.362/.504) is evident that as long as he can keep himself healthy he'll be a top-tier contributor at first base.
News: Morales (5-7) saw his ERA jump up to 5.32 on the season after he took the loss on Friday against the Marlins, pitching four innings while giving up six runs on eight hits.
Impact: It was an ugly night for Morales, who had previously strung together some decent outings as a starter and reliever before Friday's doozie of a game. Morales is currently scheduled to pitch in San Francisco next Wednesday, but the Rockies may want to shuffle their rotation up at this point with nothing to play for in 2014.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) is not expected to play Saturday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The training staff did not clear Cuddyer to return to the lineup Friday due to swelling in his hamstring, and he is not expected to receive clearance until Sunday at the earliest. However, Cuddyer did say that his hamstring is improving and was adamant that he will not go back on the DL.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Marlins, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Impact: While Cuddyer said that he expected to return to the lineup Friday after a two-game absence, he was not cleared due to swelling in his hamstring. The 35-year-old did indicate that he's getting better, suggesting a trip back to the DL is not imminent, but it's uncertain whether he'll be available in any capacity the rest of the weekend. Charlie Blackmon will start in right field Friday.
Kyle Parker - #16 - Left Field - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Since returning to Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 12, Parker is batting .279 with five doubles and four homers over 136 at-bats.
Impact: The numbers aren't astounding by any means, but are likely good enough for Parker to warrant another look with the Rockies come September. However, the team is still quite deep in the corner outfield and at first base even with Carlos Gonzalez (knee) out for the season, so at-bats might be limited for Parker down the stretch.
News: Hawkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Wednesday to claim his 19th save of the season.
Impact: Hawkins once again managed to turn in another save opportunity without much drama, yielding a groundout and two flyouts. Despite his woeful strikeout rate, he's been far and away the most consistent performer out of the bullpen this season for the Rockies. Setup men Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers don't pose a threat to usurp him of closing duties.
News: Rutledge went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
Impact: After spending three consecutive games on the bench last week, Rutledge has since returned to the starting lineup for four straight games. His reentry to the lineup has been successful thus far, with a 5-for-16 showing at the plate to go with two stolen bases. For now, it looks like he'll be able to ward off Charlie Culberson for regular duties at shortstop.
News: McBride was the hero Wednesday, hitting his first career grand slam as part of a 2-for-3 effort to beat the Royals.
Impact: McBride was starting for Justin Morneau at first base against left-handed Royals starter Danny Duffy. It was 29-year-old's first start of the year after being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
News: De La Rosa won his 13th game of the season Wednesday, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over eight innings against the Royals.
Impact: It was De La Rosa's longest outing of the year. The lefty improves to 13-8 with a 4.21 ERA and 109:52 K:BB in 149.2 innings. De La Rosa will pitch Tuesday in San Francisco.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) expects to return to the lineup Friday against the Marlins, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Cuddyer was scratched Tuesday due to a bout of left hamstring soreness and he's out of the lineup Wednesday, but the 35-year-old said that he will be available off the bench. Further, Cuddyer believes Thursday's off day will provide sufficient rest for him to be able to return to the lineup.
News: Morneau is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Impact: Morneau has battled neck soreness and recent days and the Royals are starting a lefty in Danny Duffy, so manager Walt Weiss will take the opportunity to get the 33-year-old some additional maintenance. Matt McBride will take over at first base and bat sixth in his absence. Morneau just rattled off a 10-game hit streak and has hit safely in all but two games this month.
News: Cuddyer (hamstring) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Impact: A late scratch from Tuesday's lineup with left hamstring soreness, Cuddyer will sit again Wednesday as Brandon Barnes steps in at right field. Cuddyer is listed on the lineup card as a reserve and will be afforded another day of rest with the team off Thursday, but a return for Friday's opener against Miami is by no means a lock.
News: Blackmon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Impact: Josh Rutledge will take over atop the order Wednesday against lefty Danny Duffy, with Blackmon sitting for the second time in three games. Blackmon is batting just .185/.243/.246 so far in August and Drew Stubbs may very well eat more into his playing time against lefties, if Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) manages to avoid the DL.
News: Stubbs clubbed his 13th home run of the year while going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's game against the Royals.
Impact: Stubbs continues to fly under the radar with 13 home runs, 15 stolen bases and a .300/.343/.508 slash line in 303 at-bats. With the injuries the Rockies have endured, Stubbs may see an increase in playing time if he keeps this up.
News: Arenado drilled his 13th home run of the year Tuesday, a solo shot off the Royals' James Shields, while going 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk.
Impact: Arenado has been streaking of late, going 15-for-36 in his last 10 games. After some initial struggles coming back from his finger injury, Arenado is making up for lost time and now sports a fine .298/.340/.500 slash line in 342 at-bats this season.
Carlos Gonzalez - #5 - Left Field - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Gonzalez (knee) may not be ready for the start of spring training, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger provided some details regarding Gonzalez's recent surgery Tuesday, saying doctors not only cut out a torn part of his patella tendon but also removed a bursa sac and cleaned up a fat pad. With Gonzalez now facing a 5-to-6 month recovery window, Dugger admitted that the 28-year-old may be delayed a bit come spring training, but he said "our goal is to get him there and get him ready." Gonzalez will be confined to a walking brace for the next three weeks.
News: McBride's contract was purchased from Triple-A on Tuesday, and he was activated from the DL, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.
Impact: He broke his foot while jogging the bases during a home run trot at Triple-A Colorado Springs in April, but he's now fully recovered and will offer depth at first base and in the outfield at the big league level. He slashed .305/.345/.487 with seven home runs in 51 games this year at Triple-A and could offer power to daily leaguers when he gets in the lineup.
Troy Tulowitzki - #2 - Short Stop - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Tulowitzki (hip) was moved to the 60-day DL Tuesday, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.
Impact: He recently underwent season-ending surgery and will be under physician's care for the next 7-to-10 days, but he's expected to recover fully in time for spring training. The move to the 60-day DL was simply to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
News: Cuddyer was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to left hamstring soreness.
Impact: Cuddyer made an impact immediately upon his reinstatement from the DL over the weekend, hitting for the cycle in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader, but the decision to play him in both games of the twin bill was perhaps short-sighted. He's already dealing with a sore hamstring. Charlie Blackmon will move to right field as Drew Stubbs mans center and bats second against right-hander James Shields.
News: Rosario is out of the Rockies' lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Impact: Manager Walt Weiss will reward Mike McKenry with another start Tuesday, after McKenry reached base in all five trips in Game 1 of Sunday's twin bill. It seems the skipper will continue to split the work fairly evenly between Rosario and McKenry the rest of the way to reduce the stress on the 25-year-old Rosario's legs.
News: LeMahieu (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Impact: An ankle injury kept LeMahieu from both games of Sunday's twin bill, but he will return Tuesday to take on right-hander James Shields. LeMahieu has struggled mightily so far in August, with just four hits in 42 at-bats, and it seems Charlie Culberson could eat into his playing time more over the final weeks of the season.
News: Morneau (neck) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Impact: A late scratch from Saturday's lineup with neck stiffness, Morneau also missed both games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds as a result of the injury. It seems Monday's off day provided sufficient maintenance, however, as Morneau is penciled in to man first base and bat third Tuesday against right-hander James Shields. In 44 career at-bats against Shields, Morneau has 15 hits (.341 average) including four home runs.
Charlie Culberson - #23 - Short Stop - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Culberson started both games of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds, going a collective 3-for-7 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.
Impact: Culberson saw both of the starts at second base, after D.J. LeMahieu was unavailable with an ankle injury. It's not known just yet how much time LeMahieu will miss as a result of the injury, but Culberson could stand to see everyday action if it lingers into Tuesday's series opener with the Royals. Even if LeMahieu makes a quick return, there's a good chance Culberson could still see another extended look in the lineup at shortstop, as Josh Rutledge has hit the skids offensively in the last couple weeks to loosen his hold on the job.
Brett Anderson - #30 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 225lbs
News: Anderson (back) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday.
Impact: With Anderson undergoing season-ending back surgery last Thursday, the Rockies moved him to the 60-day DL to free up a roster spot. Brooks Brown was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Cuddyer went 5 for 10 with a home run in Sunday's doubleheader.
Impact: It was his first action in more than two months, so this is a promising sign for owners who held onto him.
News: Stubbs went 3-for-6 with a stolen base and the game-winning three-run homer in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds. He also recorded an RBI pinch-hit single in the nightcap.
Impact: The home run and stolen base were Stubbs' 12th and 15th of the season, respectively, marking the fifth straight season he's had at least 10-plus homers and 15-plus steals. As expected, he's been a huge beneficiary of calling Coors Field his home park, as he's batting .358 with 10 of his long balls coming in Denver, compared to a .221 average and two homers on the road. His strong home numbers alone will continue to make Stubbs worthy of a roster spot in most mixed leagues, but the return of Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) from the DL over the weekend could start squeezing him out of the lineup more frequently.
News: Dickerson went 4-for-9 with a home run, three runs scored and five RBI during Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
Impact: Dickerson has been incredibly hot throughout August, reeling off a 12-game hit streak while supplying a .973 OPS, four homers and 17 RBI so far this month. His scintillating performance of late should allow him to keep his bat in the lineup on a regular basis, even after Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) returned from the DL over the weekend.
Troy Tulowitzki - #2 - Short Stop - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Tulowitzki (hip) will remain under physician's care in Vail, Colo. for the next seven-to-10 days after undergoing season-ending surgery Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Since it's already been established that Tulowitzki won't play again in 2014, the news doesn't have many immediate implications. Fantasy owners considering holding Tulowitzki in keeper leagues will surely want to track his offseason progress in his recovery from the surgery, though it's anticipated that he will be fully healthy for spring training. How long the oft-injured shortstop may stay healthy upon returning to action is anyone's guess.
News: Arenado collected four hits and two RBI in eight at-bats and also drew two walks between Games 1 and 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
Impact: Arenado has shown some meager growth in his walk rate this season, but he'll still need to improve further upon his current 5.7 percent mark to take another leap as a hitter. Though injuries have limited him to 88 games so far, Arenado's development has been encouraging in his sophomore season. He's batting .293 with 12 homers, 48 RBI and 49 runs scored.
Rex Brothers - #49 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 210lbs
News: Though he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over an inning of duty, Brothers escaped with his fourth victory of the season in Sunday's win over the Reds in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Impact: In surrendering two runs, Brothers put the Rockies at a 9-5 deficit entering the bottom half of the ninth inning, but the team improbably rallied for five runs to steal the game. The win does little to improve the rest-of-season outlook for Brothers, who sports a bloated 4.93 ERA and won't see many holds with the Rockies owning one of the worst records in the MLB.
News: Morales (personal) returned to the Rockies for Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds, tossing two innings in relief in Game 1. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the appearance.
Impact: Morales was scratched from Friday's start in anticipation of the birth of his child, resulting in middle reliever Matt Belisle taking the ball for the Rockies. Though he pitched out of the bullpen in his return, Morales still seems to have a grasp on the starting role, even though his 5.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 21 homers allowed over 114.1 innings would hardly seem to warrant it. Even so, don't be surprised if the Rockies skip his next turn in the rotation with the team having two off days this week.
News: Lyles started the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds, surrendering five runs over five innings and striking out four batters while not factoring into the decision in the 10-9 victory.
Impact: Lyles got off to a promising start in no-hitting the Reds for the first three frames while his mates staked him to a 3-0 lead, but he would give up five hits and five runs over the next two innings to take himself out of position for the win. The young right-hander has scuffled since returning from a broken hand Aug. 6, accruing a 6.60 ERA over 15 innings and three starts.
News: Cuddyer (shoulder) went a collective 5-for-10 in his return from the DL for Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds, hitting for the cycle in Game 2. He finished the day with three RBI and four runs scored.
Impact: Cuddyer was activated from the DL on Saturday and was set to reenter the lineup, before a water main break near Coors Field resulted in the contest being postponed a day. Despite having his return from the left shoulder fracture temporarily delayed, Cuddyer appeared to be no worse for the wear, collecting a two-run double in the Rockies' five-run eighth inning to become the first Colorado hitter to record the cycle since Carlos Gonzalez turned the trick on July 31, 2010. Now healthy, Cuddyer should remain a fixture in the lineup in right field, likely relegating either Charlie Blackmon or Drew Stubbs to more frequent bench duty.
News: Blackmon is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
Impact: Blackmon tallied seven hits in the four games prior to Sunday night's contest -- including one in the first game Sunday -- but manger Walt Weiss decided to give him the night off. Brandon Barnes will enter the lineup in Blackmon's place.
News: LeMahieu (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
Impact: The injury prevented him from starting either of the Rockies' two games Sunday. It remains to be seen if it will cost LeMahieu any additional time, but Charlie Culberson will get the start in his place Sunday night.
News: Morneau (neck) is not in the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
Impact: Morneau sat out the first game with a sore neck, and he will do the same in the nightcap. Ben Paulsen will get the start at first base in his place.
News: LeMahieu (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Impact: LeMahieu was out of the lineup Saturday due to a nagging injury and will give way to Charlie Culberson on Sunday, with Josh Rutledge taking over at shortstop. According to MLB.com's Cody Ulm, the second baseman is dealing with an ankle injury, leaving his availability for the nightcap in question.
News: Morneau (neck) is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Impact: He was a late scratch Saturday, and will miss at least one additional game. Morneau's availability for the nightcap remains uncertain, but Michael Cuddyer will man first base for the afternoon tilt.
Sun. Aug 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Morneau returned Tuesday for Colorado.
Impact: Morneau missed Sunday's DH with Cincinnati due to a neck problem.
Tommy Kahnle - #54 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 230lbs
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Colorado placed Kahnle on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
Impact: Kahnle's performance had been suffering with the right-hander posting an 18.69 ERA in his last four appearances after previously compiling a 2.61 mark on the season.
Matt Belisle - #34 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 225lbs
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Belisle will start Friday night against Cincinnati in place of Franklin Morales, who was scratched with his wife in labor. It will be Belisle's first start since May 25, 2008, when he was with the Reds.
Impact: Weiss is hoping Belisle can last three innings and then turn things over to the bullpen. Weiss said he's going to "improvise a little bit."
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Colorado Rockies have scratched Morales from his scheduled start Friday with his wife in labor. Instead, the team will send reliever Matt Belisle to the mound against Cincinnati. It will be Belisle's first start since May 25, 2008, when he was with the Reds.
Impact: Manager Walt Weiss said he found out about Morales on Friday afternoon and there wasn't time to get another starter to town. The team's Triple-A affiliate is down the road in Colorado Springs, but the Sky Sox are in Sacramento for a series. The Rockies may have Morales available as a reliever on Saturday.