During his five-game suspension for throwing punches at a Padres pitcher April 11, Nolan Arenado headed to Phoenix, where the third baseman participated in extended spring training on the back fields of the Salt River complex. There, playing for three days in front of empty bleachers and alongside mostly teenage prospects, the all-star tried to stay sharp for his return to the lineup Friday night against the Cubs. “I feel fresh — I don’t like missing games but obviously I had to do it, and I’m trying to look at the positives because I feel really good right now,” Arenado said before the game. “It was cool being around young kids, because it kind of gives you a little more energy, to be honest with you. They’re younger, they’re a bit more bouncy, they want to do more stuff (around the diamond).” Arenado also took two days to rest, and on his last day at Salt River Fields, he had a taco truck brought in so he and other other … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, feeling “fresh” from stint in extended spring training, returns from suspension against the Cubs
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WASHINGTON — Nolan Arenado’s locker in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Ballpark was empty late Saturday afternoon. The Rockies’ all-star third baseman had already departed to begin serving his five-game suspension for fighting. Arenado’s absence leaves a gaping hole in a Rockies lineup that continues struggling mightily at the plate. You can toss out Saturday’s loss against Nationals ace Max Scherzer, because nobody’s going hit Scherzer when he pitches like this: seven innings, two runs, one hit, one walk, 11 strikeouts and 20 men set down in order after giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Charlie Blackmon. Washington star outfielder Bryce Harper said, “It was one of the best games I’ve seen him throw in a long time.” Moving forward, however, the Rockies (8-8) must get more production, especially from the lower part of their order. Colorado is batting .220 as a team, 27th in the majors, and has an on-base percentage … [Read more...] about Without Nolan Arenado, Rockies’ struggling offense facing a huge challenge
WASHINGTON — Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals as he begins serving his five-game suspension for throwing punches in Wednesday’s brawl between the Rockies and Padres. Arenado initially appealed, so he was able to play in Friday night’s 2-1 victory over the Nationals, but he then dropped his appeal and will serve the full five games of his suspension. He’ll miss the final two games of the series in Washington, as well as the three-game series at Pittsburgh which begins Monday. The good news for the Rockies is that center fielder Charlie Blackmon was back in the starting lineup Saturday after missing four games because of a tight right quadriceps. Arenado, batting .288 with one home run in the early going, will not face the Nationals’ two best pitchers — Max Scherzer on Saturday, and Stephen Strasburg on Sunday. Rookie Ryan McMahon, who has been the club’s main backup at first base, … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Nolan Arenado begins serving five-game suspension on Saturday vs. Nationals
WASHINGTON — Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado could discover his fate as soon as Friday. He expects to be suspended for his central role in the brawl between the Rockies and Padres on Wednesday. When all is said and done, and after the appeals have been handled by Joe Torre and his staff at Major League Baseball, Arenado could be suspended for four or even five games. We’ll see what happens. So what will the Rockies do in his absence? Remember, a team can’t simply call up a player from the minors to fill Arenado’s spot on the 25-man roster. Colorado will be a player short while he sits. Rookie Ryan McMahon, who’s been playing a part-time role as a first basemen, will likely get some extended playing time at third in Arenado’s absence. McMahon, who’s looked vulnerable to inside fastballs and off-speed pitches down and away, could use some more at-bats. He’s currently batting .059, with one hit in 17 at-bats with nine … [Read more...] about The Morning After: What happens when Rockies’ Nolan Arenado is suspended?
After batters were plunked, punches were thrown, players were tossed and the dust had finally cleared, the Colorado Rockies emerged with a much-needed 6-4 victory over San Diego on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.The All-Star third baseman charged Luis Perdomo after almost being hit by a pitch perceived to be in retaliation for a series of hit batters on both sides early this season between the two clubs.But now Arenado, Perdomo, German Marquez, Gerardo Parra, and A.J. Ellis were thrown out as the Rockies hope to take down the Padres in Denver. He charged the mound, triggering a basebrawl that led to five ejections and enough bad blood to inspire another Taylor Swift hit.Prior to the brawl, the Padres hit Trevor Story in the first inning and the Rockies returned the favor by hitting Hunter Renfroe on the hand in the second.For now, all Nolan Arenado can do is play baseball and await his fate. Perdomo tried to ward off Arenado by tossing his glove, but it sailed over the Gold Glove … [Read more...] about Rockies, Padres Brawl After Nolan Arenado Charges The Mound