Injuries & Moves: Kuhl to IL; Davis recalled

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Keep track of the Rockies’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

Oct. 4: RHP Chad Kuhl placed on 15-day IL; RHP Noah Davis recalled from Triple-A 
Kuhl, who sustained a right triceps strain, finished the season with a 6-11 record and a 5.72 ERA in 27 starts. His injured list stint is retroactive to Oct. 1.

Davis went 8-8 with a 5.54 ERA at Double-A Hartford. He was called up to the Majors in mid September but didn't make an appearance, before being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he held El Paso to one run and six hits in 4 2/3 innings in a Sept. 26 start.

INJURY UPDATES

10-DAY AND 15-DAY IL

RHP Chad Kuhl (right triceps strain)
Expected return:
2023  
Kuhl, who sustained a right triceps strain, finished the season with a 6-11 record and a 5.72 ERA in 27 starts. His Injured list stint is retroactive to Oct. 1. (Last updated: Oct. 4)

DH (left meniscus tear)
Expected return: 2023
Blackmon underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on Oct. 3 and it went as expected. Manager Bud Black said he expects Blackmon to be healthy in time for Spring Training 2023. (Last updated: Oct.3)

RHP
Expected return: TBD
The Rockies transferred Estévez from the COVID-19 injured list to the 15-day IL on Sept. 29, ending his season. Manager Bud Black confirmed the right-hander did not have COVID, but Black also did not specify the illness, saying Estévez was "hit pretty hard by this bug" and is not feeling well. (Last updated: Sept. 29)

INF/OF Connor Joe (right serratus strain)
Expected return: 2023
Joe's season is over after he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right serratus strain, retroactive to Sept. 26. The team expects Joe to heal relatively quickly with minimal treatment, giving him plenty of time to get back in shape for next season. (Last updated: Sept. 29)

OF Kris Bryant (left foot bone bruise, plantar fasciitis)
Expected return:
2023
Bryant said a return this year is "not in the cards," although he has begun running in baseball spikes. Had the Rockies been in contention, Bryant said, he would have opted for a cortisone shot to reduce pain and inflammation, rather than a platelet-rich plasma injection to aid in healing. He continues to work out with the team with the intent to be as healthy as possible going into the offseason. (Last updated: Sept. 24)

LHP (left elbow flexor strain)
Expected return:
2023
The Rockies believe a PRP injection will aid Gilbreath’s recovery from the injury, which has kept him out since Aug. 26, but not in time for him to return before the season ends. After getting his feet wet as a rookie last season, Gilbreath became Colorado's primary left-handed setup man in 2022. (Last updated: Sept. 5)

RHP Antonio Senzatela (left ACL tear)
Expected return:
2023
Senzatela will undergo season-ending surgery next week, according to manager Bud Black. Senzatela was injured while trying to cover first base on an infield bouncer in the second inning of a 13-0 road loss to the Cardinals on Aug. 18. The 27-year-old went 3-7 with a 5.07 ERA in 19 starts during an injury-filled 2022 season. His Spring Training was affected by a right hamstring injury, and he went on the IL twice previously, with a right lower back strain and right shoulder inflammation.

"It's a tough one for Antonio," Black said. "I feel bad for any player whose season comes to an end due to injury, and a lengthy one, too. But he'll get the repair. He'll be back in six to eight months, hopefully at the start of next season." (Last updated: Aug. 19)

60-day IL

LHP (left scapula strain)
Expected return:
TBD
Nearly a full year of inactivity -- aside from a July 15 outing in the Arizona Complex League -- dropped Olivarez from No. 17 to No. 30 on MLB Pipeline’s Rockies Top 30 Prospects list. Now comes the result the team tried to avoid: Olivarez is set for surgery to repair the shoulder capsule, which not only rules him out for this year but sets him up for a long rehab period. (Last updated: Aug. 21)

RHP Tyler Kinley (right elbow sprain/flexor tendon tear)
Expected return:
Out for season
Kinley underwent surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm, performed by Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister. "Everything went well," manager Bud Black said on July 5. The recovery, which Black described as similar to that of Tommy John surgery, is expected to take somewhere in the area of a year. (Last updated: July 5)