The Colorado Rockies are having a terrible run with injuries, with three key players now expected to miss the start of the season.
The Colorado Rockies must have broken a mirror whilst standing under a ladder just when a black cat walked passed because the team is having the worst luck with injuries right now.
Just a day after announcing star recruit Ian Desmond will undergo surgery to fix his fractured hand, the team revealed that catcher Tom Murphy will miss up to a month after suffering a fracture to his forearm.
Murphy has played in 32 games for the Rockies in two seasons, hitting .273 with 13 RBI’s and five home runs.
Along with Desmond, Murphy joins David Dahl on the injury list just a few weeks out from the start of the new MLB season.
Desmond, the Rockies marquee off-season signing, was hit on the hand with a pitch in the Rockies 9-8 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
The Rockies say that Desmond broke the second metacarpal in his left hand, and while there is currently no timetable for his return, Desmond will surely miss the first week of the season and may be out for up to a month if similar injuries are anything to go by.
Desmond joined the Rockies on a five-year, $70 million dollar contract this off-season. His much-anticipated debut will now have to wait as he recovers from surgery.
In his absence, the Rockies will undoubtedly turn to Mark Reynolds to be the teams first baseman as he filled that position last season before the arrival of Desmond.
Gerardo Parra figures to replace Dahl in left field to open the Rockies’ 2017 campaign, with Dahl suffering a stress reaction in his ribcage last week.
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The silver lining for Rockies fans is that the injuries endured by Dahl, Desmond and Murphy don’t project to keep them off the field long-term. All three could be back by the end of April, if everything goes to plan.
A special mention must also be made to Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis, who unfortunately suffered a set back in his battle with cancer. After having successful surgery in December, it was discovered last week that the cancer had spread and he will now undergo chemotherapy.
Bettis remains optimistic, saying his prognosis is in the 90 percent range. While he is out from baseball indefinitely, Bettis says he may still play this season. Get well, Chad!
The Rockies are now just two weeks out from their season opener against the Brewers. Let’s hope they can get through the rest of the preseason unscathed and recover quickly!