Colorado Rockies Wiretap

Ian Desmond Could Play Some Outfield For Rockies

Apr 24, 2017 8:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies signed Ian Desmond to play first base, but with Mark Reynolds hitting well they could entertain playing him in the outfield.

Desmond played the outfield for the Texas Rangers last season and was named an All-Star.

"Isn't that a good thing when players come back?" Bud Black said. "It's a good thing, not a dilemma. Do we have to shuffle some things at times? Absolutely, but, hey, I can't wait to get Ian Desmond back. You know why? He's a good player."

Trevor Story is off to a slow start, but the Rockies would rather play Desmond in the the outfield than at shortstop, where he has also played in his career.

"Yes -- not so much short, no," Black said. "We talk about our players all the time, about what we can do to maximize our players and our team.

"Ian, specifically, is one of those guys we talk about because of the potential versatility that he brings to the Rockies, not only this year, but in coming years. He's not even here yet, he hasn't had BP on the field, but it's good to talk about, because that means he's getting closer."

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Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

Nationals To Place Strasburg On Paternity Leave

Apr 24, 2017 12:07 AM

Stephen Strasburg will not take his regular turn in the Nationals' rotation this week as he awaits the birth of his second child.

The Nationals plan to put Strasburg on the paternity list Monday, when they open a four-game series in Colorado. The team has not announced a scheduled starter for that game.

Strasburg's next turn comes up Tuesday, but Washington bumped back Joe Ross a day into that slot. The team said Sunday that Strasburg could pitch next weekend at home against the Mets.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Clayton Kershaw Calls Tyler Anderson's Pregame Walk 'Disrespectful'

Apr 20, 2017 7:30 AM

Clayton Kershaw wasn't happy with Tyler Anderson's walk from the bullpen in right field to the dugout prior to Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.

Anderson had just finished his pregame warm-ups as Kershaw was getting ready to pitch.

"That was ... I mean, that was one of the more disrespectful things I have been a part of in a game," Kershaw said.

"I really didn't appreciate that," he added. "The game starts at 7:10 and has started at 7:10 here for a long time. Just go around, or finish earlier. But yeah, that wasn't appreciated, for sure."

Anderson said the delay was unintentional. Kershaw put three Rockies on base and allowed a run in the top of the first inning.

"I threw a few extra pitches in the bullpen before the game," Anderson said. "I didn't mean any disrespect by it. I was surprised the umpire didn't let him pitch."

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

Rockies Lose Tom Murphy To Forearm Fracture

Mar 15, 2017 8:08 AM

The Colorado Rockies have lost catcher Tom Murphy for four to six weeks after he suffered a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Murphy's arm struck the bat of the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo while he was trying to throw to second on a steal attempt Saturday.

He is in a splint but won't need surgery, according to Bud Black.


Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

Ian Desmond To Have Surgery On Left Hand

Mar 13, 2017 4:58 PM

Ian Desmond will undergo surgery to repair the second metacarpal in his left hand on Wednesday, according to the Colorado Rockies.

Desmond was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

The Rockies signed Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal this offseason.

Nick Groke/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

Ian Desmond Suffers Broken Left Hand

Mar 13, 2017 1:26 AM

Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond suffered a broken left hand after he was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

Desmond was struck in the fourth inning by a pitch from Reds right-hander Rookie Davis. Desmond will see a hand specialist on Monday.

The 31-year-old Desmond signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Rockies this offseason after playing last year for the Rangers.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, Injury, Misc Rumor

Rockies Hold Archery Contest To Break Monotony

Mar 12, 2017 6:45 PM

Looking for a novel way to break the spring training monotony, new Rockies manager Bud Black hit the bull's-eye Sunday. An archery tournament, with pitcher Kyle Freeland outscoring LeMahieu, bullpen coach Darren Holmes and catcher Tom Murphy to win the event.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Rockies Lose David Dahl To Rib Stress Reaction

Mar 7, 2017 7:13 AM

David Dahl has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his ribs and will be reevaluated in two weeks, according to the Colorado Rockies.

Dahl was scratched from the lineup last week with what was initially described as back soreness and was expected to miss a few days.

The Rockies are hoping Dahl can return to play in games before the end of spring training.

"Extended [absence] is, to me, like months -- this is not," Black said. "Baseball activity hopefully will start in a couple weeks. ... I do anticipate him getting into a game here. If not, then it doesn't happen."


Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

Rockies Still Expect Greg Holland To Be Ready For Opener

Mar 2, 2017 7:04 AM

Greg Holland has yet to pitch in an exhibition game, but the Colorado Rockies remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

Holland, who signed with the Rockies in free agency, won't make his Cactus League debut until next week at the earliest. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015.

"As a competitor, you want to be out there. If you can't, it's demoralizing," Holland, 31, said. "But you have to understand that there is a right way and there is a science behind this. You have to stay patient with it, as hard as it is. I think I have done a pretty good job of that."

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Injury, Misc Rumor

No Serious Extension Talks Between Rockies, Carlos Gonzalez

Feb 23, 2017 7:02 AM

Both sides have expressed interest in a deal, but the Colorado Rockies have yet to approach Carlos Gonzalez about a contract extension.

Gonzalez can hit free agency next winter.

"I felt like [Jeff Bridich] was trying to make sure where we were, in terms of whether I wanted to be here or not," Gonzalez said. "But after that, there's been zero talks."

Gonzalez put pressure on Bridich and his staff to begin negotiations, stating that "the team needs to approach us" and adding "it's up to them."

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jeff Bridich Expects Rockies To Contend For Playoff Berth
In his third season as general manager, Jeff Bridich expects the Rockies to contend for a playoff berth.

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Cubs Acquire Eddie Butler From Rockies For James Farris
Eddie Butler, a 2012 supplemental first-round pick, could be another option for Chicago's starting rotation.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Mark Reynolds Returns To Rockies On Minor League Deal
Mark Reynolds, 33, hit .282 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 118 games with the Rockies in 2016.


Rockies Reach Deal With Greg Holland
Greg Holland, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in October 2015 and missed all of last season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Nolan Arenado, Rockies Agree Upon Two-Year, $29.5M Deal
Nolan Arenado has agreed to a two-year, $29.5 million deal with the Rockies, which leaves him with one year of arbitration left following the 2018 season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rockies Still Want To Extend Carlos Gonzalez's Contract
The sides are reportedly "far apart" on a deal, but are working on a resolution.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Chad Bettis Says He's Cancer-Free After Surgery
Chad Bettis said Wednesday he is cancer-free after having surgery in November for testicular cancer.


Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Rockies 'Keeping Track' Of Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo
The Rockies continue to keep an eye on high-profile sluggers such as Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, according to Jeff Bridich.

MLB Network Radio

Mike Dunn Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Rockies
The deal is worth more than $19 million, according to a source.


Rockies Confident Playing Ian Desmond At First Base
The Rockies are confident playing Ian Desmond at first base, a position he's never played.

Associated Press

Rockies Tell Charlie Blackmon To Take Rumors With 'Grain Of Salt'
The Rockies have told Charlie Blackmon not to listen to trade rumors following the signing of Ian Desmond, who was introduced on Tuesday.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Rockies' Chad Bettis Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer
Chad Bettis has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery to have one of his testicles removed in late November.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Rockies Searching For High-End Starting Pitcher
The Rockies are looking to acquire a high-end starting pitcher through a trade, according to a report.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Rockies, Ian Desmond Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
There is a sixth year option on the contract worth an additional $13 million.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Rockies Looking To Acquire Big-Name First Baseman
The Rockies have looked at the market for Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, while engaging the White Sox about Jose Abreu.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Rockies Hire Mike Redmond As Bench Coach
The Rockies have hired Mike Redmond as bench coach on new manager Bud Black's staff.

Associated Press

Nolan Arenado To Play For USA In World Baseball Classic
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado won this year's NL Gold Glove Award.

Matt Holiday Open To Offer From Rockies
Matt Holliday was selected by the Rockies in the seventh round of the 1998 Draft, and he played his first five seasons in Colorado.

Rockies Expect To Have Franchise-Record Payroll In 2017
The Rockies will increase their payroll next season, according to owner Dick Monfort.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post