• Left-hander Christian Friedrich, whose throwing program was slowed because of back stiffness that he suffered just before camp, said he is "almost" back to a regular pace. However, Friedrich's route back received a curve on Monday, when he woke with a stiff neck. He is competing for a starting rotation spot and has played long toss and hopes to throw from the slope of the mound by week's end.
• The Rockies will have a pitcher making the rare choice of wearing a single-digit jersey number. Right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino will switch to No. 0 -- from his current No. 37 -- when the regular season begins.