Dickerson, Arenado held out of starting lineup
Outfielder dealing with left foot plantar fasciitis, while third baseman has sore left wrist
DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson, who left Monday night's game with left foot plantar fasciitis, and third baseman Nolan Arenado, scratched just before Monday's game because of a sore left wrist, said they felt better Tuesday, but manager Walt Weiss kept them out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
Dickerson had been playing with the injury since the final week of Spring Training, and said he could've played Tuesday. He will continue with maintenance treatments and would consider an anti-inflammatory shot if it grew worse.
Dickerson said it bothers him when he is standing around in cleats. But the good news is although it is in his plant foot, he said, "Hitting, it affects me none."
"I've performed well the last couple weeks with it, and I feel I can still perform with it," Dickerson said.
Arenado took swings in the batting cage and in the training room, and demonstrated in the clubhouse that he could comfortably finish his swing with his regular upward flourish. He said he could pinch-hit if necessary, but in discussions with head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, the third baseman admitted that he would be better off not starting Tuesday.
Arenado arrived at Coors Field five hours before the game for treatments, including exercises with his hand submerged in rice and ultrasound treatment.
"I think I could talk myself into the lineup, but the smartest thing to do is make sure I'm ready to go [Wednesday]," Arenado said.
Right-hander David Hale threw 47 pitches, including 35 strikes, for Class A Modesto on Monday in his first rehab start for a left oblique injury he suffered in Spring Training. Hale, scheduled for three innings or 45 pitches, was hurt by two errors (one his) that created two unearned runs. He gave up two hits, struck out three and walked one. Hale was obtained in a trade with the Braves during the offseason and is expected to provide starting pitching depth.