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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss made an emphatic statement with one move. It had nothing to do with strategy but everything to do with Weiss' respect for the game and the standards to which he holds his players.
In the fourth inning Friday, with the Rockies leading 1-0 over Pittsburgh in a game they would blow open with a seven-run seventh and win 8-1, Nolan Arenado hit a comebacker to Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Arenado jogged out of the batter's box, only running hard when Morton bobbled the ball but getting thrown out on a close play. When the Rockies took the field in the fifth, Arenado was on the bench and Charlie Culberson had replaced him at third base.
"We talk a lot about playing the game hard and playing the game right and how important that is," Weiss said. "Especially, when you're getting your ass kicked for a while, it's even more important. It's imperative. So I just felt like Nolan didn't meet that standard at that point."
His post-game remarks were unusual, because Weiss rarely says anything critical about his players. He did close his comments about Arenado, 23, by saying, "Now Nolan's a great kid, and he's a great player. You know, that's how I saw it."
Weiss said he had not spoken with Arenado. And Arenado was gone from the clubhouse when the media entered.
But Weiss had gotten his message across -- not just to Arenado but the rest of the Rockies (42-60) -- and left no doubt that despite the Rockies' problems this season, Weiss is still very much respected by his team.
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Pirates (LHP Jeff Locke, 2-1, 3.05 ERA) at Rockies (LHP Tyler Matzek, 1-4, 4.91 ERA)
--RHP Christian Bergman (broken left hand) threw 50 pitches in live batting practice and is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment and throw about 60 pitches in a start Tuesday for Double-A Tulsa. Bergman is on the 60-day disabled list and not eligible to activated until Aug. 20. He suffered a broken left trapezium bone when he was struck with a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez on June 20 in his third career start.
--RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches Saturday for High Class A Modesto against Inland Empire. On a tag play at the plate June 4, Lyles suffered a broken left third metacarpal fracture. He was originally on course to return to the Rockies rotation Monday at Chicago. However, he was moved to the 60-day disabled list July 13 after an X-ray revealed the fracture was healing more slowly. Barring a setback, Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for the Rockies this season, will make his second rehab start on Thursday. Lyles is eligible to be activated on Aug. 4, which is an off day for the Rockies, but he could return to their rotation the following day and start against the Chicago Cubs.
--RF Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to cap a seven-run seventh. It was his 10th homer of the season and second against the Pirates -- the other was July 19 at Pittsburgh off Charlie Morton. He is the sixth Rockies player with at least 10 homers this season -- the others are Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Justin Morneau, Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki -- tied with Milwaukee and Toronto for the most players in the majors with at least 10 homers.
--1B Ben Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored. He reached base safely at least twice in each of his first four career games and has three multi-hit games in that span. The only Rockies player to do that was Todd Helton in 1997. With seven hits in his first four career games, Paulsen is tied for the most in franchise history with Helton and Derrick Gibson (1998).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He knows what he wants to do, and he does it with a lot of conviction and it shows. He's got a tremendous feel for pitching, and he knows how to execute a game plan." -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss on LHP Brett Anderson after a win over Pittsburgh on Friday.
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - ROSTER REPORT
--SS Troy Tulowitzki (left hip flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20.
--1B Justin Morneau (neck strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 14.
--LHP Boone Logan (diverticulitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 12.
--RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list June 5, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 13. He threw 30 pitches in live batting practice July 11. He also fielded grounders hit right at him for the first time. He was due to begin a rehab assignment July 18 at Double-A Tulsa but was scratched because he felt pain in his hand. He also was involved in a traffic accident July 18 and sustained cuts on his face. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game July 22. Barring a setback, he would make a rehab start for high Class A Modesto on July 26.
--RHP Tyler Chatwood (right elbow flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 5. He underwent an MRI exam that ruled out a tear in the elbow. He began throwing program from 50 feet May 23. He threw at 75 feet May 27. He threw from 105 feet June 3. He threw a bullpen session in mid-June. He experienced two setbacks, and he will have a second Tommy John surgery at a date to be determined, ending his season.
--RF Michael Cuddyer (non-displaced fracture of left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 21. He is scheduled to receive a follow-up MRI exam July 21.
--RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4. He does not need surgery but is facing a lengthy rehabilitation. He will get a platelet-rich plasma injection July 8. There is a chance he won't return to action this season.
--RHP Christian Bergman (broken bone in left hand) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. He will be in a soft cast until early August, and he won't be ready to return before mid-August.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
LHP Tyler Matzek
LHP Franklin Morales
LHP Brett Anderson
LHP Yohan Flande
RHP LaTroy Hawkins (closer)
LHP Rex Brothers
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Matt Belisle
RHP Tommy Kahnle
RHP Chad Bettis
RHP Brooks Brown
RHP Nick Masset
1B Ben Paulsen
2B DJ LeMahieu
SS Josh Rutledge
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Charlie Culberson
LF Corey Dickerson
CF Charlie Blackmon
RF Carlos Gonzalez
OF Drew Stubbs
OF Brandon Barnes