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Rockies: Skip the injuries excuse

Published: May 27, 2014, 8:30 pm, by Paul Klee


It stinks to lose Nolan Arenado. Were there two or three better third basemen in baseball this season? Not that I’ve seen.

So it stinks to lose Nolan Arenado. Tyler Chatwood, too. And definitely Brett Anderson. Really, really liked what we saw from Anderson…. before he got hurt. If Carlos Gonzalez is down for longer than the remainder of tonight’s game against the Phillies, that would be a major blow. The Rockies say CarGo is listed as day-to-day.

If this seems like deja vu, it kind of is. The wheels came off — no, the bus broke down — last season when injuries hit the Rockies like a whitewater raft crashing into a boulder.

The injuries stink.

The injuries are no excuse.

Not in San Francisco, which can list these injured players this season: Brandon Belt, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, Santiago Casilla and Marco Scutaro. Not exactly bums. The Giants responded by leading the NL West by 4.5 games (over the Dodgers) and five games (over the Rockies). Bruce Bochy is doing his best Gregg Popovich.

What will the Rockies do? Better leave the injuries excuse at home. After years of solid draft slots and unlimited prospect propaganda, there should be an answer (or three) in place. Don’t waste Tulo’s (above) epic year. Don’t waste a promising start to the season. Don’t waste a lineup that should, and usually does, hit in the dark.

Figure out a way to stay relevant into August and September. If the Rockies fade and the front-office brass trots out the injury excuse, feel free to tune them out. At some point it doesn’t carry weight anymore.

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