ARE­NADO NAMED NL’S PLAYER OF THE MONTH

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Pa­trick Saunders, The Den­ver Post

Every time Nolan Are­nado wins an­other award, he ships it back to his par­ents’ home in Lake For­est, Calif., for safe keep­ing. The prac­tice is cre­at­ing a quandary.

His folks are go­ing to have to clear some more space in their home. Ei­ther that or they’ll have to rent one of those stor­age units near the free­way.

Are­nado, 26, on Wed­nes­day was named Na­tional League player of the month for July. It was the sec­ond time he has earned the award. He also was honored for Septem­ber 2015. Last week, the Rock­ies’ four­time Gold Glove third base­man was named NL player of the week.

“Awards don’t get old,” Are­nado said. “It’s great that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the work I’ve put in. It means a lot, it’s a good feel­ing.”

Are­nado bat­ted .389 (35-for-90) with 18 runs, six dou­bles, a triple, eight home runs and 30 RBIs over 22 games.

He be­came the sec­ond Colorado player to win the award this sea­son. Cen­ter fielder Char­lie Black­mon was honored in May. It’s the 19th time in fran­chise his­tory that a Rockie has won player of the month.

Among qual­i­fied NL hit­ters, Nolan fin­ished July first in RBIs, sec­ond in bat­ting av­er­age, third in slug­ging per­cent­age, tied for third in home runs, and fourth in hits. On July 19, against San Diego at Coors Field, Are­nado went 5-for-6 with three home runs, seven RBIs and four runs scored.

Are­nado, who en­tered Wed­nes­day night’s game against the New York Mets with a big-league best 95 RBIs, is a le­git­i­mate MVP can­di­date. Wash­ing­ton’s Bryce Harper, an­other strong can­di­date for MVP, fin­ished be­hind Are­nado for player of the month.

Asked whether he’s cur­rently at the best place of his ca­reer, Are­nado an­swered: “So far it’s been great, and it’s a good feel­ing. But I hon­estly don’t feel com­fort­able say­ing I have put it all to­gether. I still have two months (to go), so there are still plays I can make and dam­age to do. But I feel re­ally good right now.

“I think part of the rea­son I’ve been do­ing good is that I’ve not been re­sults ori­ented the last month. I’m just so fo­cused on my play in the field, that I just let what­ever hap­pens hap­pen.”

Hol­land hurt.

There was a rea­son closer Greg Hol­land did not pitch in Colorado’s 5-4 vic­tory over the Mets Tues­day night. The right-han­der suf­fered a cut on his right in­dex fin­ger and was un­able to grip the ball prop­erly. Man­ager Bud Black said the cut was the re­sult of a “kitchen accident,” adding that Hol­land is “day to day.”

“We are see­ing how it pro­gresses,” Black said when asked whether Hol­land was avail­able to pitch in Wed­nes­day night’s game.

Foot­notes.

Out­field prospect David Dahl, who has yet to play this sea­son with the Rock­ies, was prob­a­bly headed to the seven-day, mi­nor­league dis­abled list be­cause of mid­back spasms, ac­cord­ing to Black. Dahl, who is try­ing to come back from a stress re­ac­tion in­jury to bone in his rib cage, has been play­ing at Triple-A Al­bu­querque . ... New Rock­ies catcher Jonathan Lu­croy was out of the start­ing lineup again Wed­nes­day. He suf­fered a sud­den stom­ach ail­ment af­ter bat­ting prac­tice Tues­day. Black said the up­set stom­ach hit Lu­croy “like a freight train.” Black is hope­ful Lu­croy can start Thursday after­noon’s game against the Mets. Colorado ac­quired Lu­croy on Sun­day in a trade with Texas.

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