After seeing Nolan Arenado make play after dazzling play during his early time in the Majors with the Rockies, it's hard to believe that many thought he'd never play third base in the Majors.
Veteran right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt had a predictably up-and-down effort Friday night for Double-A Tulsa -- his first start of four or five before the Rockies discuss when to add him to the starting rotation.
Rockies outfielder Eric Young Jr. celebrated his 28th birthday Saturday with the hope that adding a candle would mark the beginning of losing a slump. In his last 16 games, Young has hit .140 (6-for-43) and seen his batting average drop from .310 to .252.
Tyler Chatwood held the Giants scoreless for six innings on four hits, Michael Cuddyer homered and drove in three runs in his return from the disabled list and Nolan Arenado sparkled defensively as the Rockies won, 5-0, Friday night at AT&T Park.
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt was unsure about how his right groin responded to two days of rest, after he was removed from a game Tuesday night after two pitches. He reported feeling fine while throwing a bullpen session before Friday night's game against the Giants, but it was unclear if he would be available.
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, activated Friday after missing 14 games with a bulging disk in his neck, doubled and homered in four at-bats and scored two runs in a 5-0 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
The hot hitting of DJ LeMahieu -- .412 in seven games since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs -- allowed the Rockies to send Josh Rutledge to Colorado Springs to continue the transition to second base.
Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis, who suffered a left groin strain May 14 while pitching against the Cubs, threw a bullpen session of about 25 pitches Friday. His next steps are a trip to the team's training center in Scottsdale, Ariz., for extended spring training, then he'll return to Denver for an evaluation to discuss further rehab plans.
Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario always believes he has energy, but he appreciated the rest he received Wednesday and Thursday.
The challenge for Rockies left-handed reliever Rex Brothers on Wednesday was to treat the first closing opportunity of his career like any other game.
The Rockies have optioned Opening Day second baseman Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer will take his active roster spot Friday, when he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list (bulging disc in neck).
Backed by Carlos Gonzalez's homer and RBI triple, Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa battled for 5 1/3 innings and was rewarded with a key victory, as the Rox topped the D-backs, 4-1, on Wednesday.
Left-hander Jeff Francis (left groin strain) felt good Wednesday after a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. Francis will accompany the team to San Francisco, where he will play long toss Friday and throw another bullpen Saturday. Beyond that, the plan for rehab under game conditions hasn't been set.
Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu's three-hit, two-double game in Tuesday night's 5-4, 10-inning victory over the D-backs earned him a start at second base Wednesday in the No. 2 spot.
Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt had an anti-inflammatory shot in his right groin on Wednesday, and expects to return to the mound Friday at San Francisco and avoid the 15-day disabled list.
The Rockies gave shortstop Troy Tulowitzki planned rest Wednesday, which means he will have two off-days before Friday's series opener in San Francisco.
With the Rockies resting cleanup man Troy Tulowitzki, not wanting to disrupt No. 3 hitter Carlos Gonzalez and wanting to move hot second baseman DJ LeMahieu up in the order to No. 2, manager Walt Weiss wrote Dexter Fowler -- normally either the leadoff or No. 2 hitter -- into the cleanup spot.
Rafael Betancourt has been pitching and succeeding through right groin tightness since late April. But after two pitches to the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday night, he knew the pain had caught up to him.
Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge believes he can see success at the end of his struggles. Manager Walt Weiss started DJ LeMahieu on Tuesday night against the D-backs, instead of Rutledge, who went into Tuesday 2-for-16 during the current homestand.
Right-handed-hitting Jordan Pacheco, who had one of the three hits and the lone RBI the Rockies managed against lefty Patrick Corbin in Monday night's 5-1 loss to the D-backs, started against righty Ian Kennedy on Tuesday.
Pedro Astacio, one of the most accomplished pitchers in Rockies history and now a part-time pitching instructor and advisor, will represent the Rockies at the MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 6 at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J.
Wilin Rosario's 10th-inning single gave the Rockies a 5-4 victory over the D-backs at Coors Field on Tuesday night in front of 27,096 fans.
The Rockies seemed to be rolling after winning three of four against the Giants over the weekend, but D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin twirled a complete game, holding Colorado to three hits while striking out 10 in a 5-1 victory on Monday night at Coors Field.
After a lengthy slump, center fielder Dexter Fowler went 10-for-20 as the Rockies won three of four games against the Giants, raising his batting average from .254 to .286 in the process.
Going into Monday night, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's .386 batting average in 57 at-bats against southpaws was third-highest among batters with a significant number of left-on-left at-bats.
Rockies right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer will play two days this week at extended spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz. If all goes well, he will rejoin the active roster Friday in San Francisco.
Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio quieted talk of possibly being sent down to the Minors by shutting down the Giants for six innings of a 5-0 victory at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon.
Right-handed three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt is still three to four weeks from being considered for the Rockies' rotation, but his effort Saturday at extended spring training suggests he is progressing rapidly.
Offseason acquisition Wilton Lopez didn't endear himself to his new Rockies fans when he posted a 9.00 ERA in his first nine relief appearances. But since then, he has been scored on just once in 12 games and has fulfilled the right-handed setup role the Rockies envisioned when they acquired him from the Astros.
Right-hander Tyler Chatwood threw many good pitches over 5 2/3 innings Saturday night, but even his worst pitch worked out for the Rockies in their 10-2 victory over the Giants at Coors Field.