NEW YORK -- Ian Desmond joined the Rockies as they returned from the All-Star break Friday at Citi Field, but he isn't back on the active roster. Not yet."You might see him sooner than you'd think," Rockies manager Bud Black said.Black didn't go any further than that, but it would
NEW YORK -- Ian Desmond joined the Rockies as they returned from the All-Star break Friday at Citi Field, but he isn't back on the active roster. Not yet.
"You might see him sooner than you'd think," Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Black didn't go any further than that, but it would hardly be surprising to see Desmond activated from the disabled list for Saturday's game against the Mets. Desmond, who has been on the disabled list since July 3 with a right calf strain, worked out Thursday at Citi Field.
"We ran him through some things, which he passed," Black said.
Desmond missed the first month of the season after he fractured his left hand in Spring Training. While he was originally signed with the intention that he would play first base, he became the Rockies' primary left fielder in May and June.
Desmond is hitting .283 in 57 games for the Rockies, with five home runs, 26 RBIs and a .709 OPS.
• Left-hander Kyle Freeland carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning in the Rockies' final game before the All-Star break, but the Rockies aren't ready to say when he'll make his next start. Freeland isn't scheduled to pitch this weekend in New York, and Black announced that right-hander German Marquez will start Monday at Coors Field against the Padres.
With right-hander Antonio Senzatela potentially returning from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday, it's possible the Rockies will give the 24-year-old Freeland a break in an effort to limit his innings.
Senzatela threw 60 pitches in 3 2/3 innings Thursday night for the Isotopes, putting him on schedule to pitch Tuesday. Senzatela hadn't started a game since June 22, when the Rockies took him out of the rotation to control his innings.
"If he were to start a Major League game, we'd feel good about his ability to pitch into the sixth or seventh, or even the eighth," Black said.
Freeland said he hasn't yet been told when he'll make his next start.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the Rockies on Friday.