Black: Chat­wood looks all right

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Groke

Tyler Chat­wood, the Rock­ies’ strike­out leader this sea­son, is on the dis­abled list. But he re­turned to Coors Field healthy enough for sim­u­lated base­ball Fri­day.

The 27-year-old right-han­der, the near­est ap­prox­i­ma­tion the Rock­ies have to a vet­eran starter, pitched two sim­u­lated in­nings as part of his re­cov­ery from a strained calf. He suf­fered the in­jury in the first in­ning of a July 15 start in New York against the Mets.

“He did fine. Felt great. Ball was com­ing out fine. No is­sues with the calf,” man­ager Bud Black said. “We’ll chart the next course of ac­tion, but phys­i­cally he’s in a re­ally pos­i­tive spot. So we feel good about that, and so does Tyler.”

Chat­wood threw about 44 pitches — against util­ity in­fielder Pat Valaika, a right-handed hit­ter, and catcher Tony Wolters, a left­handed hit­ter. His stint on the DL can end next week while the Rock­ies are in St. Louis for a se­ries against the Car­di­nals, but Black wouldn’t com­mit to a time­line for Chat­wood’s re­turn.

“We’re working through that now,” Black said.

Even with his ab­bre­vi­ated start last week, Chat­wood re­mains the Rock­ies’ sec­ond-most ac­tive pitcher this sea­son, hurl­ing 106L in­nings, be­hind only rookie left­hander Kyle Free­land. But the Rock­ies used Free­land in three in­nings of re­lief be­hind Chat­wood in New York, then pushed back his next start to Sun­day. It was part of a con­tin­u­ing ef­fort to keep a rookie ro­ta­tion fresh with an eye to­ward Septem­ber.

Chat­wood’s DL stint, then, fits within a pat­tern, even if un­in­ten­tion­ally.

“We’ll con­tinue to throw them out there,” Black said. “And we do know, with Chat­wood and Tyler An­der­son — when he comes back — and Chad Bet­tis — when he gets up to full speed — we feel as though we have tal­ented depth to help us.”

An­der­son (knee surgery) con­tin­ues to work only in the train­ing and weight rooms, and he played catch in a brace this week. Bet­tis (re­cov­er­ing from can­cer) will make his third re­hab ap­pear­ance Sun­day for Al­bu­querque, his first with the Triple-A Isotopes.

Are­nado up­date.

Nolan Are­nado’s out­stand­ing game Tues­day, when he hit three home runs and went 5-for-6 with seven RBIs, matched a rare feat. Ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bu­reau, the only other player ac­tive in the ma­jors to homer in three con­sec­u­tive in­nings is Bal­ti­more’s Manny Machado, who did it last sea­son.

The only other Rockie to hit three home runs so quickly? An­dres Galar­raga, who did it in the sixth, sev­enth and eighth in­nings against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field in 1995.

Foot­notes.

Are­nado hired a pro­fes­sional DJ to blast mu­sic from por­ta­ble speak­ers in front of Colorado’s dugout dur­ing bat­ting prac­tice. “There were all sorts of sit­u­a­tions I pitched in, in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments,” Black said. “But I haven’t pitched in 23 years. The mu­sic was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent back then. But I like it.”… For­mer Rocky Moun­tain High School star Marco Gon­za­les was traded by the St. Louis Car­di­nals to the Seat­tle Mariners on Fri­day. Gon­za­les, a 25-year-old lefty, missed all of 2016 af­ter Tommy John surgery. The Car­di­nals re­ceived Triple-A out­fielder Tyler O’Neill, the 38thranked prospect in base­ball, ac­cord­ing to Base­ball Amer­ica.

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