Parra headed to DL with high ankle sprain

Top pick Pint introduced to Denver media; second-rounder Bowden signs

June 15th, 2016

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra had never been on a disabled list in his career. The searing pain in his left ankle after Trevor Story accidently rolled into it Tuesday night was mixed with equal parts fear and mystery.

An MRI Wednesday revealed that Parra suffered a high ankle sprain -- not a fun injury, but it could have been worse -- and he was placed in a walking boot. Parra will go on the 15-day disabled list, and most likely will be out more than the minimum amount of time. But he was thankful.

"I thought it was broken, but thank God it's nothing bad, just a couple or three weeks and I'll be ready," Parra said after the Rockies' 6-3 win over the Yankees. "When you play hard, some things happen. I'll just try to get better every day and come back soon."

The injury occurred when he and Story were chasing a popup on Tuesday. Originally, there were fears of a knee injury or a broken bone, but an X-ray was negative.

Although outfielder Brandon Barnes was pulled from a Triple-A game shortly after Parra's injury occurred, manager Walt Weiss said he will meet with club officials to discuss a corresponding move. The Rockies are off on Thursday before heading to Miami for a four-game series starting Friday.

Parra, 29, is hitting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs, and is second in the National League with 20 doubles in the first year of a three-year, $27.5 million contract.

Pint introduced to the media

Riley Pint, the Rockies' first-round Draft pick and No. 4 overall, was introduced to the Denver media Wednesday alongside his parents, sister and advisor, Jason Wood. Pint, an Overland Park, Kan., native, received a $4.8 million signing bonus.

"It's starting to sink in today, I guess, just because I've got everything done," Pint said. "We're just here getting ready to go."

Pint will be leaving for Grand Junction on Thursday morning to report to the club's Rookie-level team.

Rox sign second-rounder Bowden, agree with third-rounder Hampson

The Rockies signed second-round pick Ben Bowden for $1.6 million, just above the recommended slot value for the 45th overall pick ($1,422,900). The left-hander from Vanderbilt was the third pitcher the Rockies selected on Day 1 of the Draft.

Bowden pitched mostly in relief for Vanderbilt, posting a 3.51 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings in his junior season with 10 saves. He struggled as a starter, posting a 4.68 ERA in five starts. Bowden was excellent in the wood-bat Cape Cod League in 2015, as he held opponents to one run over 30 innings and struck out 43, earning co-MVP honors in the playoffs.

The Rockies also reached an agreement with third-round pick Garrett Hampson. The Long Beach State shortstop agreed to a $750,000 bonus.