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    Senzatela Leaves Spring Start With Nerve Inflammation



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ten pitches into his second start of Spring Training Antonio Senzatela departed with the training staff, and headed to the locker room with his head hung. The hard-throwing young righty, who is vying for a spot in the regular season rotation for the Rockies, threw a 91 mph fastball and immediately motioned to the Rockies dugout that something was amiss.

    After a brief conversation on the mound, Senzatela departed with the staff and immediately headed back to the team’s training facility. The Rockies went on to defeat the Seattle Mariners by a final score of 6-4, but all eyes and ears where on the results of Senzatela’s tests.

    The team announced during the post game press conference that there was no structural damage to Senzatela’s throwing shoulder, and the official diagnosis was nerve inflammation. According to manager Bud Black, the team expects Senzatela to miss at least one scheduled start, possibly two. If everything progresses properly, they hope to have him back for the final two weeks of Spring Training, where he can continue to build his case for a spot on the 25 man roster.

    “We obviously don’t want to push things,” Black told the gathered media after the game. “But, we want Antonio to have every opportunity to make the big club. He’s got big league stuff, and we think he can be a part of what we’re trying to accomplish this season. Right now, though, we want him to get some rest, and we’ll re-evaluate in a couple days. Once the pain subsides, we can go from there.”

    Senzatela is currently in a competition with Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman, Tyler Chatwood, and German Marquez for two spots in the starting rotation, one of which was vacated by Chad Bettis, who is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.
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    Some early transactions. Should be an interesting year for you. I'll be following along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Canada View Post
    Some early transactions. Should be an interesting year for you. I'll be following along.
    I wanted to try and patch some holes early. Not a lot of wiggle room in the NL West...

    Thanks for following!

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    Chatwood’s Struggles Continue in Spring Training Loss



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For a rotation that already projects to be one of the youngest in Major League Baseball, the Rockies need as much veteran presence as they can get. One of those veterans expected to take on a leadership role was Tyler Chatwood. But, the right-hander struggled yet again in the Rockies’ Spring Training loss to the Cleveland Indians.

    Chatwood lasted just three innings, surrendering six earned runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out just one. The rough outing ballooned Chatwood’s Spring ERA to an unsightly 14.56, and seriously brings his spot in the starting rotation into question.

    This Spring, Chatwood has been outpaced by several rookies, including Kyle Freeman, Antonio Senzatela (who is currently nursing some nerve inflammation in his throwing shoulder), and German Marquez. All three have shown better stuff, better command, and better mound presence in their starts.

    Chatwood could be an option out of the ‘pen for the Rockies, but right now that is just as crowded, if not more so, as the starting rotation. Adam Ottavino, Jake McGee, Greg Holland, Jordan Walden, Luke Hochevar, and Chris Rusin have all been lights out so far this Spring, and appear to have a lock on the key spots in the bullpen. Mike Dunn has had the roughest stretch of any reliever, but given the contract he signed this offseason, there’s little doubt he’ll make the 25 man roster.

    In all likelihood, if Chatwood can’t get back on the right track over his last couple of starts, he may be ticketed for AAA Albuquerque, where he can hope to find his previous form in less stressful conditions.

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    Dahl Out Indefinitely With “Stress Reaction” In Ribs



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If there’s one thing the Rockies can be happy about, it’s the fact that they’ve developed major league depth in the outfield. The team received word today that up-and-coming star David Dahl would be shut down immediately after being diagnosed with a “stress reaction” in his rib cage. Essentially, the injury is one step prior to becoming a stress fracture, but doctors indicate there is no break or structural damage at this time.

    Dahl left yesterday’s game in the middle of an at-bat, after taking an awkward swing on a foul ball. Immediately he grimaced in pain and took several steps behind the home plate area, prompting a visit from the coaching staff. After a brief discussion, it was determined that he could no longer stay in the ballgame, and he was sent to a local medical facility for further tests.

    Late last night, doctors made the diagnosis, and told the team to halt any and all baseball activities for the foreseeable future. Because this is the first time Dahl has experienced such an injury, there is no timetable on his return. It will be at least several weeks before he can begin jogging, throwing, and outfield work, and even longer before he can start swinging a bat.

    It’s another tough blow for a young team poised to make some noise in a crowded division. The Rockies have lost their veteran starter in Chad Bettis, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. But, they did receive good news this week that Antonio Senzatela will be able to make his next scheduled start after missing two trips through the rotation due to nerve inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The hope is that Dahl will be able to progress quickly and rejoin the team sometime after the All-Star Break.

    On the plus side, the Rockies still have talent across the board in the outfield. Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez have cemented themselves in the starting lineup in center field and right field, respectively. Gerardo Parra, Raimel Tapia, and even Ian Desmond can play in left field, giving the team some options. They also have one of their top prospects, Jordan Patterson, who can play both corner outfield spots, as well as first base. Though, Patterson will likely start the season at Albuqurque.

    As for the Rockies, they’re going to keep their fingers crossed, and their players wrapped in bubble wrap until Spring Training comes to a close.

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    Rockies Make Final Cuts, Announce 25-Man Roster



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Roughly 24 hours from departing for their Opening Day matchup with the Brewers in Milwaukee, the Rockies finalized their last cuts of the Spring, and announced their 25-man roster for the regular season.

    “Obviously you rarely end the regular season with the same 25 you started with,” said general manager Jeff Bridich while speaking to MLB.com. “We tried to spend the offseason and Spring Training building quality depth at all positions to help us get to the finish line, and hopefully beyond. But, we’re really excited about the guys we’ve got headed to Milwaukee to open the season.”

    As expected, the starting rotation will be extremely young. Even more so, in fact, after the surprise move that sent Tyler Chatwood to AAA after a rough showing this Spring. The demotion leaves three rookies in the rotation, one starter in his first full major league season, and their staff “ace,” who will be starting his second full season in the big leagues. Meanwhile, the bullpen features four guys working back into form following significant injuries in Jordan Walden, Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, and Jake McGee, who battled through a knee injury in 2016. This will be the first full season for Adam Ottavino since returning from Tommy John surgery.

    Offensively, there weren’t any major surprises. Jarrod Saltalamacchia showed enough pop at the plate, and solid enough defense behind the plate, to take the backup catcher role behind Tony Wolters. Meanwhile, Raimel Tapia, one of the top prospects in the Rockies system was able to secure an outfield spot, where he will rotate with Gerardo Parra, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond. Tapia’s spot on the roster came thanks to the injury to David Dahl, who was the preseason favorite for the every day left field job. Mark Reynolds, who was in camp on a minor league deal, will serve as a rotational first baseman and a power bat off the bench.

    The final 25-man roster for Opening Day looks like this:

    Starting Pitchers
    • RHP Jon Gray
    • LHP Tyler Anderson
    • RHP German Marquez
    • RHP Antonio Senzatela
    • LHP Kyle Freeland



    Bullpen Pitchers
    • LHP Chris Rusin
    • RHP Luke Hochevar
    • RHP Jordan Walden
    • LHP Jake McGee
    • LHP Mike Dunn
    • RHP Adam Ottavino
    • RHP Greg Holland (Closer)



    Catchers
    • Tony Wolters
    • Jarrod Saltalamacchia



    First Basemen
    • Mark Reynolds
    • Ian Desmond



    Second Basemen
    • DJ LeMahieu
    • Alexi Amarista



    Shortstops
    • Trevor Story
    • Pat Valaika



    Third Basemen
    • Nolan Arenado



    Outfielders
    • Gerardo Parra
    • Carlos Gonzalez
    • Charlie Blackmon
    • Raimel Tapia



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    • RHP Chad Bettis - Cancer Treatment
    • OF David Dahl - Rib Injury

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    Good luck, nice to have someone else to join us in the journey for baseball glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Good luck, nice to have someone else to join us in the journey for baseball glory.
    Thanks man. I've been wanting to get back into it for a while. Just haven't had the time. Going to make the time for it now.


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