Injuries & Moves: Freeland returns to rotation; Márquez update

June 23rd, 2024


June 23: LHP activated from 60-day IL; LHP Austin Kitchen designated for assignment; LHP moves from the rotation to the 'pen
Freeland rejoined the roster and rotation for the first time since April 14 and believes the time and rehab have allowed the strain to heal. Blach was at times admirable when filling the rotation spot (3-4, 5.66 in eight starts) and figures to pitch multiple innings and maybe important innings out of the bullpen.

Kitchen, 27, received the dream call-up from Triple-A Albuquerque on June 22, but did not appear in the 8-7 victory over the Nationals on Saturday. His solid Minor League season (5-0, 3.00 ERA in 23 combined games at Double-A Hartford and Albuquerque) has put him on the radar.

June 23: OF (back tightness) and RHP (right groin tightness) hope to avoid IL
Bouchard displayed discomfort when chasing a second-inning double by Lane Thomas in Saturday's contest and left the game shortly after. When headed for treatment on Sunday, he revealed that he felt the problem during a swing a couple of days ago. He has no history of back issues but believes rest and being off for two days should have him ready for the next series at Houston.

Bird struggled with effectiveness and left his June 22 outing after discussing it with the training staff. Manager Bud Black said he hopes he can avoid another IL placement. Bird returned on June 17 after missing a month with right elbow tightness.


OF (right hamstring strain)
Expected return:
The IL placement was backdated to June 19 in hopes Blackmon can return quickly. This week will determine when he can return. Blackmon said he is staying in Denver to make progress rather than accompanying the team on its trip to Houston for a two-game midweek series. He won't know until later if he can return during next weekend's road series against the White Sox. (Last updated: June 23)

C (left calf strain)
Expected return: TBD
Calf injuries like the one Díaz is nursing are unpredictable, manager Bud Black said. During batting practice on June 22 Díaz was launching balls the opposite way over the right-field wall. But he also was being careful with his calf. “He’s got a calf strain and it’s legit,” Black said. “We want to make sure he’s really, really healthy when he comes back.” (Last updated: June 22)

2B (right oblique strain; MLB Pipeline No. 32 prospect/Rockies No. 1)
Expected return: TBD
Obliques are tricky, but the Rockies are optimistic about Amador’s. Manager Bud Black noted that Amador missed limited time when he sustained a similar injury at Double-A Hartford earlier this season. Unless there are other Rockies infield injuries, Amador, 21, will likely be returned to Hartford to continue his development. (Last updated: June 21)

INF/OF (left rib contusion, oblique strain)
Expected return
Bryant calls his plight “super frustrating.” He hasn’t graduated to running or swinging or doing baseball activities, but he said he has been “in the pool, and now I’m out of the pool, and doing just movements, trying rotation and all that stuff. We’re trying to keep the movements up, keep the spirits up and keep on the plan." (Last updated: June 21)

OF (broken left hand; Rockies No. 4 prospect)
Expected return: July
Beck is doing conditioning and running at the team’s complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., and it’ll be two or so weeks before he can begin using the hand for baseball activities. Dr. Donald Sheridan performed surgery on May 29 to insert a plate in Beck’s hand to aid in healing. Injured on May 25, Beck’s original 4-6 week timeline has been adjusted to 6-8 weeks. (Last updated: June 21)

OF (low back strain; MLB Pipeline No. 90 prospect/Rockies No. 6)
Expected return:
Veen, 22, was thought to be returning to game action this week, but he has continued working out at the team’s complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. A left hand/thumb injury has slowed Veen’s progress. Veen was off to a solid start at Double-A Hartford. (Last updated: June 21)

LHP (left rotator cuff strain)
Expected return: TBD
Rogers, whose five appearances with Colorado were his first in the Majors since 2022, underwent an MRI. The preliminary report was that there wasn’t extensive damage, but it’s too early to predict when he will return. (Last updated: June 19)


RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Around midseason
Márquez cruised through his third injury rehab start – for High-A Spokane against Eugene – four scoreless innings, three strikeouts and two walks, with strikes on 28 of his 50 pitches. “The velocity was good,” Márquez told the Spokane Spokesman-Review. “My fastball had some life, and my breaking ball was nice.” (Last updated: June 23)

LHP (Tommy John surgery, shoulder discomfort)
Expected return: TBD
Gilbreath has been throwing bullpens steadily, and hopes his next one is 30 pitches. If he reaches that level, he hopes to be cleared to face hitters, but the club will decide. On June 21, Gilbreath -- a Colorado native who prepped at Legacy High School in Broomfield -- imitated a drill that was a favorite of one of the Rockies of his youth, 2002 National League Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings. Gilbreath, as Jennings did, went through his motion, but instead of throwing a ball, he held a towel in his pitching hand. There was a folding chair in front of him, and if the towel hit the chair just right, it meant he was “behind the ball,” and the arm motion was accurate and safe. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Possibly late this season
On June 18, Senzatela threw his third bullpen session since being cleared to increase his activity. At first the club didn’t think he would pitch this year, but his recovery has gone well enough that he might be able to go on a Minor League rehab assignment before throwing limited Major League innings in the final days of the season. Senzatela’s latest bullpen session was 20 pitches. He said he will need to get to 30 or 40 pitches before facing hitters at the team’s complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Last updated: June 18)

RHP (right forearm)
Expected return: 2025
Bard, who tore the meniscus in his left knee while playing catch prior to Spring Training and underwent surgery, had a setback rehabbing and had season-ending surgery on his right arm on May 1. The Rockies placed him on the 60-day IL to add left-hander Ty Blach to the active roster.

Bard, 38, is in the final year of a two-year, $19 million contract. Bard has said he would like to return after a year of rehab, but he will see how he feels and consult his family before committing to pitching again. Read more >> (Last updated: May 1)