Ouch, that smarts
The Rockies are less than one inning into thier game against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, and already there is the kind of news a team doesn’t want to have. Of course, if you’re going to have injury news, it’s best it’s not serious.
That seems to be the case with Brad Hawpe, who left in the first inning of Friday’s game with the Angels with a lacerated little finger on his left hand. His status will be evaluated day-to-day.
Prospect Matt Miller took his place as designated hitter.
Hawpe, who had hit an RBI single and taken second on the before the incident, normally plays right field. But Friday’s game used the DH. Matt Murton started in right.
— Left-hander Greg Smith’s two innings were pretty much the good and the bad. He walked three and gave up two doubles while yielding three runs. In his second and final inning, he gave up a double to Bobby Abreu — his second of the game — but forced three weak fly balls. With the Athletics last season, the walks led to trouble but he changes speeds well enough to get frequent soft flies.