Rockies' Gray out with foot stress fracture

April 15th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies right-hander usually passes on fielding the chopper that he leaped for Thursday night against the Giants. Now he is in a walking boot and expected to miss at least a month.

Gray suffered a left foot navicular stress fracture, which is in the middle of the foot. The injury is in a different spot from the toe injury that affected him during Spring Training, although it's possible the issues were related. Gray secured the out when he extended for 's chopper. He didn't feel it until he rifled the ball to first base, but believes he likely suffered the injury on the leap.

"Usually, I don't try to make that play; I was feeling myself, I guess," said Gray, who landed on the 10-day disabled list Friday. "So I just snagged it."

Next time?

"I'll think twice," he said.

Gray will keep physically fit so he can return quickly once cleared for full activity.

"I'm just going to keep my arm going as much as I can, throw every day, take care of the rest of my body," Gray said. "There are a ton of things I can do to keep myself going, to be healthy and be strong when I get back."

The Rockies recalled right-handed reliever from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Gray's roster spot.

Lefty Chris Rusin, who replaced Gray on Thursday and held the Giants to one run in 3 1/3 innings en route to the win, is a candidate to move into the rotation, although he also is valuable in middle and long relief. Prospects (No. 2 in the Rockies' system, according to MLB Pipeline), (No. 4) and (No. 27) also could replace Gray as a starter, manager Bud Black said.

Black's plan, barring injury, is to have Friday night starter pitch Wednesday in the second game of a series against the Dodgers, so he can fill the Gray spot later.

Worth noting

• The Rockies placed left fielder on the paternity list, and he will miss one to three days. They called up , 23, the organization's No. 5 prospect, from Albuquerque to start in left field against the Giants on Thursday night. Through the first seven Triple-A games, Tapia has hit .406 (13-for-32) with six doubles.

"It's the same thing I was doing in Spring Training -- working on my routine in the cages and being aggressive at the plate -- selectively aggressive," Tapia said through an interpreter.

Tapia hit a combined .328 with an .819 OPS last season at Double-A Hartford and Albuquerque, and .263 with three RBIs in 22 Major League games.

• Carle, 25, obtained from the Pirates after the 2014 season for righty reliever Rob Scahill, gave up five hits and four runs in his first two outings at Albuquerque.