Updates from Thursday, July 3
Nick Groke of The Denver Post reported on Nolan Arenado's return to the Rockies:
Desperate for reinforcements, the Rockies will get back third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is scheduled to rejoin the team Thursday.
"It feels like he's been out a long time," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I guess he has."
Arenado was hitting .305 with six home runs in 49 games before he broke a finger sliding into second base in Atlanta on May 23. The Rockies have won just eight games without him.
"Having Nolan in our lineup makes our club better. And that's nothing against the guys who have filled in for him, they've done a solid job," Weiss said. "But Nolan was having an all-star type year."
Patrick Sanders of the Denver Post confirmed Arenado is in the lineup vs. Los Angeles:
Updates from Monday, June 30
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports when fans could expect to see Nolan Arenado return to the Rockies' lineup:
Nolan Arenado was a big hit with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Saturday night, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. By all accounts it was a successful first rehab start for the Rockies’ Gold Glove third baseman.
Arenado is on track to rejoin the Rockies on Thursday when they open a 10-game homestand by hosting the Dodgers. He said he would like about 25 at-bats in Triple-A to get ready for his return to the majors.
Updates from Friday, June 27
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has an update on Arenado's status:
#Rockies Arenado scheduled to begin rehab with AAA Sky Sox on Sunday— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) June 27, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 20
Patrick Graham of The Associated Press has an update on Arenado's status:
X-rays on Nolan arenado's finger came back clean; hopes to start hitting again next week ...— Patrick Graham (@pgraham34) June 20, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
NBC Sports' Hardball Talk provides an update on Nolan Arenado's finger:
Nolan Arenado will not need surgery to repair his broken finger http://t.co/ZoWJcNfy7A— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) May 31, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 24
The Rockies' PR Twitter feed delivered bad news regarding Nolan Arenado on Saturday:
#Rockies have placed Nolan Arenado on the 15-day DL and recalled Josh Rutledge from Triple-A.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 24, 2014
Joe Morgan of MLB.com provides more from Arenado:
Nolan Arenado: "When I slid into the bag, I kind of knew I broke it. I knew right away. It didn't feel good." #Rockies— Joe Morgan (@joe_morgan) May 24, 2014
Arenado: "I like to play every day. I haven't missed a game and that was something I took a lot of pride in." #Rockies— Joe Morgan (@joe_morgan) May 24, 2014
Arenado on his injury: "Mentally, it hurts. ... This is a big road trip, and I really wanted to be a big part of it." #Rockies— Joe Morgan (@joe_morgan) May 24, 2014
Nolan Arenado left tonight's game with a left (middle) mallet finger fracture.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 24, 2014
Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com reported that the break occurred on a head-first slide into second base:
Arenado broke finger on left hand sliding head first into second base earlier in Rockies game. Rutledge pulled from SkySox game.— Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) May 24, 2014
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post provides details on Arenado's injury:
#Rockies head trainer Keith Duggers says Arenado will see specialist in Cleveland, Best case, 4-6 weekst, longer surgery is needed.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) May 24, 2014
Raul Martinez of Fox 31 in Denver noted that an injury of this type can mean a recovery time of six to eight weeks:
After an impressive rookie campaign, the 23-year-old has made big strides in 2014. Heading into Friday's game, he was batting .302 with six home runs and 28 runs batted in. Arenado's 28-game hitting streak—which ended May 9—is also the longest in Rockies history, per Mike Axisa of CBS Sports.
Colorado has gotten off to a blistering pace offensively this year, and Arenado has been a big reason for that.
Though he doesn't carry the most star power on the Rockies' roster, he is currently one of the best young third basemen in the majors. A sustained period off the field could mean a fall back to earth from his lofty performances earlier in the year.
Given his role in Colorado's success so far this season, Arenado's injury may translate to a loss of more ground to the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.