Nolan Arenado Injury: Updates on Rockies 3B's Finger and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

USA Today

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:

Updates from Friday, June 20

Patrick Graham of The Associated Press has an update on Arenado's status:

Updates from Friday, May 30

NBC Sports' Hardball Talk provides an update on Nolan Arenado's finger:

Updates from Saturday, May 24

The Rockies' PR Twitter feed delivered bad news regarding Nolan Arenado on Saturday:

Joe Morgan of provides more from Arenado:

Original Text

The Colorado Rockies announced that third baseman Nolan Arenado suffered a mallet fracture to his left middle finger Friday night against the Atlanta Braves:

Tracy Ringolsby of reported that the break occurred on a head-first slide into second base:

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post provides details on Arenado's injury:

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.


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