Results tagged ‘ Keith Dugger ’

Embree better than expected

Anyone who saw or heard Rockies left-hander Alan Embree’s right fibia pop when hit by a line drive from the braves’ Martin Pardo, then heard the diagnosis, figured Embree was gone for the season, no discussion.

Well, maybe not. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Embree will be walking around, without a cast, within three days. And …

“We won’t rule anything out,” Tracy said. “I don’t want to say anything any more specific other than the fact that Keith [Dugger, the Rockies’ head athletic trainer] mentioned something to me about September. Let’s take it a day at a time, but that’s a fairly miraculous thing for me to be saying this afternoon after what we saw take place last night.”

Righty Matt Belisle is replacing Embree.

Throwing a man a bone

Rockies right-hander Taylor Buchholz underwent Tommy John ligament transfer surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. Rockies manager Jim Tracy discussed the surgery with Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, who told him Buchholz received a surprise.

“As to the state that the ligament was in, there was a piece of bone actually growing into the ligament,” Tracy said. “Apparently, what ‘Doogie’ had said to me was the doctor maintained the fragment and gave it to him, just so he could see it.”

— In a lineup stacked with right-handed hitters, Garrett Atkins gets the start at third base instead of left-handed hitting ian Stewart.

Atkins, in spot duty, has been on base in six of his last 12 plate appearances, and is on a 6-for-12 run against lefty pitchers.

“Here’s an opportunity to see where he’s at, and let him know something that I looked him in the eye and told him in St. Louis, ‘Unless you quit on yourself, I’m not going to quit on you,'” Tracy said. “You’ve got to find spots to put him in there.”

Tracy said he wants to play Atkins enough to get his “pilot light burning all the way up, instead of some of the flickers we see periodically.”


— Here are lineups for Wednesday night’s game against the Rays:


B.J. Upton, CF

Carl Crawford, LF

Evan Longoria, 3B

Carlos Pena, 1B

Ben Zobrist, 2B

Pat Burrell, RF

Jason Bartlett, SS

Michel Hernandez, C

David Price, P


Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Ryan Spilborghs, LF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Chris Iannetta, C

Aaron Cook, P

Tulowitzki suffers slight quadriceps injury

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitkzi left Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Marlins before the top of the ninth inning because he suffered a strain of his left quadriceps in the same area of a complete quadricesp tendon tear that cost him 47 games last season.


Tulowitzki suffered the injury in the sixth while trying to change direction and reach for an errant throw from pitcher Aaron Cook, who had fielded Ross Gload’s groundball. Tulowitzki stayed in the game until the ninth, when he was pulled from the game after a discussion with head trainer Keith Dugger.


Clint Barmes replaced him and helped preserve the lead by fielding a Cody Gross grounder and starting a double play to erase pinch-runner Cameron Maybin, who entered the game after John Baker’s one-out double. Huston Street struck out Jeremy Hermida to end the game.


“I definitely wanted to be out there, but at the same time I was trying to be smart about it,” Tulowitzki said. “I thought that ‘Barmie’ was the best option. Everybody agreed. ‘Doogie’ said, ‘If you go out there, blow out and miss two months of the season, it doesn’t do the team any good.’ “


Manager Clint Hurdle said, “He probably might’ve been able to play through it. But if something crazy happens and he’s got to go make a play, and and that thing really is injured with the way he started to heat up at the plate, it wasn’t in our best interest.”


The Rockies are off Monday, but Tulowitzki will come to Coors Field for treatment, and he’ll possibly test the condition of the leg. From there, the club will determine whether he will miss time or how much he will miss.


“It’s the same thing as last year … I mean, it’s not obviously the same thing,” he said. “My leg is obviously a little weaker than the other one. It’s expected a little bit. But at the same time it’s more sore than normal.”


While the exact nature of the injury was not known Sunday, the Rockies know they must proceed with caution. Tulowitzki homered and went 2-for-3 Sunday, has had multiple hits in his last three games and is batting .326 (14-for-43) over his last 12 games to improve his batting average from .167 to .237.


“I feel real good up there,” he said. “I feel I’ve come a long way. I’ve been telling everybody I get off to a slow start every year and I’ll be OK. No one really wants to listen.


“It seems like I was still in a good place. I wasn’t down on myself. I still have a ways to go. I’m not happy with where I’m at. I want to get better each and every day, and I’m always working on things.”



The first day of 2009

Here are some thoughts from the Rockies’ first workout at Hi Corbett Field.

— Left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis was not nearly as upbeat as he was a couple of days ago when discussing the health of his shoulder, which bothered him all last season. Francis must either prove to be healthy or undergo surgery. Last week went so well that Francis was smiling and marveling. Sunday afternoon, the shoulder didn’t feel as good.

So does this mean surgery is imminent? Not necessarily.

Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger warned Francis that he wasn’t out of the woods because his shoulder felt good for a few days. He still hopes to throw off the mound soon. Francis had limited involvement in the first workout. For example, he was limited to practicing bunts in a drill in which other pitchers faked a bunt and swung in an attempt to hit a ground ball through the infield.

— Rockies club president Keli McGregor said Sunday that there have been no recent talks with Tucson, Ariz., officials about the club’s future plans. With just two teams in Tucson — the Rox and the D-Backs, now that the White Sox have left for the Phoenix area — all kinds of possibilities exist, although the Rockies playing alone at Hi Corbett and the D-Backs alone at Tucson Electric Park is a situation that won’t last long. Even if the D-Backs are joined by a Japanese team, which was proposed recently, there is still the issue of the Rockies playing at an aging park.

There has been talk of a complex in Marana, Ariz., which is northwest of Tucson, and some news stories have mentioned the possibility of a complex in Casa Grande, which is between Tucson and Phoenix on I-10. And the Phoenix area has been raised as an option.

McGregor said he’ll have discussions with offcials from Tucson and surrounding areas over the next few weeks.


The Rockies' Paul Phillips demonstrates that a dummy designed to help pitchers is of use to catchers.jpg— Part of of the workout for the catchers featured “The Ultimate Pitcher’s Tool,” which looked much like a crash test dummy. I shot it with the camera on my phone. It is designed to place in a batter’s box to teach pitchers to throw inside without fear. But in the catcher workout, it was placed on the basepath to simulate a runner. Catchers would field balls in front of the plate and throw to first base. Sometimes, the catchers had to adjust the throwing angle so they didn’t hit the dummy.

At least there was no danger of the runner beating the throw.