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Blackmon thriving in Dominican Winter League

DENVER -- After struggling for much of the 2012 season with a nagging turf toe issue, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is healthy and prosperous in the Dominican Winter League. A Toros teammate of Josh Outman, Blackmon has hit .296 with six RBIs, three doubles, a triple and a .361 on-base percentage.

Blackmon, who had a chance to make the Opening Day roster before the toe problem reared, finished the regular season with the Rockies and hit a healthy .283 in 42 games, after batting .303 in 59 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He went to the Dominican to make up for the at-bats he missed while rehabbing.

"He's doing well offensively and defensively, and he's facing a lot of left-handed pitching, which is a good thing, and doing well," Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said. "He's been running around and looking healthy, not thinking about the injuries at all."

DENVER -- After struggling for much of the 2012 season with a nagging turf toe issue, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is healthy and prosperous in the Dominican Winter League. A Toros teammate of Josh Outman, Blackmon has hit .296 with six RBIs, three doubles, a triple and a .361 on-base percentage.

Blackmon, who had a chance to make the Opening Day roster before the toe problem reared, finished the regular season with the Rockies and hit a healthy .283 in 42 games, after batting .303 in 59 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He went to the Dominican to make up for the at-bats he missed while rehabbing.

"He's doing well offensively and defensively, and he's facing a lot of left-handed pitching, which is a good thing, and doing well," Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said. "He's been running around and looking healthy, not thinking about the injuries at all."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.