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Colorado Rockies Notes: Ian Desmond Taking Swings Off Tee

The outfielder is hitting the ball off a tee but he isn’t taking batting practice yet, as his recovery suffered a setback.

The fracture that has kept Ian Desmond out and unable to make his Rockies’ debut this season may be finally healing.

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The Denver Post published on Thursday that the former shortstop is now hitting the ball off a tee. However, he doesn’t have clearance from the Colorado Rockies’ medical team yet to start taking batting practices, even though he is in fact carrying on with other baseball related activities.

The outfielder, who signed a five-year, $70 million contract during the most recent offseason, still doesn’t have a date set for his return, even though it was thought he’d be available for selection by the end of April.

“He’s getting pretty much full work in the field”, manager Bud Black told Denver Post. “So he’s taking groundballs and receiving throws from infielders. They were worried about the stress of a thrown ball, with velocity, going into his glove hand. But it’s fine. No problem.”

Desmond suffered a fracture in his left hand during Spring Training, but, fortunately for his team, his unavailability, Jon Gray’s injury and Carlos González’ slow start to the season haven’t hampered their performances at all, having started this campaign very strongly. They are currently the team with the biggest amount of victories, alongside the Arizona Diamonbacks, after the first two weeks of the season.

González was, by the way, hit by a fastball thrown by Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday’s night and he could return at any given time after the X-Rays’ results revealed he didn’t suffer any internal damage. It’s a matter of wait and see, to know if he will either make this Friday’s lineup against the San Francisco Giants or get the extra rest he might need to fully heal up from his injury blow.

The Post also talked about Chad Qualls, who will begin his rehab in the minors on Tuesday in Triple-A. The reliever is recovering from swelling in his right forearm, which limited his game time during the Spring Training and has kept him from making his debut with the Rockies this year.


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