DENVER — Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland will be back on the mound today at Coors Field, just not as part of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants.
Only for a simulated game.
Still, it’s another big step in the recovery process for Freeland, who’s been out all season with a strain in his pitching shoulder. Freeland is scheduled to throw a pair of simulated innings before the Rockies and Giants play two after rain wiped out their game Monday.
The first game will be at 3:40 p.m. MDT and the second will start no later than 45 minutes after the first.
A silver lining to the postponement could be this: More time to heal for Rockies shortstop Trevor Story after he was hit on the right index finger by a pitch Sunday in Arizona. Had the game been played Monday, manager Bud Black seemed confident Story could’ve been in the lineup.
“He’s doing fine,” Black said. “I just passed the cage and he was in there hacking.”
Germán Márquez will start the first game for the Rockies today, with the starter in the night cap to be determined. Giants right-hander Aaron Sanchez, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will start one of the two games today with lefty Alex Wood taking the mound in the other game.
One of the Rockies hitters scheduled to face Freeland in the simulated game will be infielder Brendan Rodgers, who’s working his way back from a right hamstring injury. Rodgers recently took some grounders and ran the bases in Arizona.
As for Freeland, the Rockies are planning to take him on their upcoming trip to St. Louis for more work.
MEET THE NEW BOSS
The Rockies have appointed Bill Schmidt as their interim general manager after parting ways with Jeff Bridich.
Schmidt has been with the team for nearly 22 years and has been in his current role of vice president of scouting since 2007. Schmidt also was a scout for Cleveland, the New York Yankees, Cincinnati and the MLB scouting bureau.
Colorado will begin a search for a permanent general manager following the postseason.
Schmidt takes over for Bridich, who resigned as part of an agreement with the team. Schmidt will be in charge of the team’s baseball operations.
“After discussions with the baseball department heads, we have come to the conclusion that Bill is the right person for interim GM,” team President Greg Feasel said in a statement Monday. “Bill’s experience and his relationships from top to bottom throughout our organization, including the players, coaches and staff on the field, more than qualify him for this role.”
Rockies: RH Carlos Estévez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right middle finger. The move is retroactive to April 30. OF Sam Hilliard was recalled from Colorado’s alternate training site.