05/23/10 6:41 PM ET
More bad luck for former top pick Reynolds
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Reynolds, who appeared for the Rockies in 2008 but missed last season with shoulder problems that led to labrum surgery, was hit on the elbow by a line drive during a live batting practice session early in spring. He had to wait for the injury to heal, then spend time rebuilding his arm in extended spring training.
Reynolds had made three rehab starts, two with Class A Modesto and one with Double-A Tulsa, before the Rockies decided to halt rehab.
Before the fateful line drive in Spring Training, Reynolds appeared healthy and ready to realize what the Rockies planned for him when they selected him out of Stanford.
"To hear things like the ball is coming out, he's throwing more strikes, he's throwing more aggressively, he's locating his pitches better than at any point since he was signed, it was discouraging to see that kid hit with that line drive," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He had worked hard.
"If he keeps working at it, we'll get him back to that."
Tracy also said Eric Young Jr., who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 15 with a stress fracture in his lower right leg, is pain-free. The Rockies will have him undergo an x-ray this week to determine how aggressively to have him return to baseball activities.
Fowler hops wall to retrieve glove at KC
KANSAS CITY -- The Colorado Rockies' Dexter Fowler was throwing something leather in center field Sunday. Literally.
The game was briefly delayed in the seventh inning so Fowler could jump over the 8-foot center field fence and retrieve his glove, which slipped off his hand as he tried to rob a hit from Jose Guillen.
As Fowler leaped against the center-field fence, his glove slipped off his hand and over the fence. The ball bounced off the wall and kicked into left field resulting in a triple for Guillen.
"That' never happened before," Fowler said. "I know it's gonna be on [ESPN Sportcenter's] Not Top 10."
As Fowler stood in the outfield, gloveless, he contemplated what to do about his missing mitt.
"I was just worried about coming back over," he said. "There might not be anything to climb on. I could get over it, but getting back over it could have been hard for me. I didn't know how deep it was, either."
In the end, Fowler retrieved the glove and was just thankful there were no seats behind the center field fence.
"Seriously, they would have stolen my glove," he said.
Gonzalez gets day off in finale at KC
KANSAS CITY -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy had Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup in center field before Sunday's game with the Royals but scratched him because of a sore left wrist.
Tracy rested Gonzalez (.303, 4 HR, 28 RBIs) on Saturday. Gonzalez suffered the injury sliding into second while stealing a base against the Astros on Thursday. So Tracy decided to give Gonzalez an extra day to heal on Sunday. Dexter Fowler started in center field instead.
They also rested catcher Miguel Olivo and right fielder Brad Hawpe on Sunday, noting that the team was off Monday so they could have two days to recharge before the Rockies returned home to face the D-backs on Tuesday.
Rockies hurlers early-season stars
KANSAS CITY -- The Rockies entered Sunday with a 3.99 ERA at Coors Field and a 3.70 mark on the road. Sub-4.00 ERAs are few and far between for the Rockies' staff, especially at Coors. The consistency of this staff is almost unheard of. With the offense not consistent, the pitching is the reason the Rockies entered Sunday a game below .500 instead of much worse.
Of course, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez's 0.99 ERA in nine starts leads the Majors. But left-hander Jeff Francis has a 0.68 ERA in two starts since coming off the disabled list.
"That'll help you keep it sub-4.00 wherever you're playing, I can promise you that," Tracy said.
Also, the bullpen has a 3.23 ERA, and closer Manuel Corpas (2.54), righty setup man Matt Belisle (2.54) and key lefty Joe Beimel (0.57) -- the guys used most consistently to protect leads in close games -- are sub-3.00.
"There are a lot of guys on this staff that are pitching very well, or we can't win some of these games," Manager Jim Tracy said. "If we're pitching OK, we're not 4-4 in the last eight games."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.