Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon suffers fractured foot

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The Rockies are down another outfielder after rookie Charlie Blackmon suffered a fractured foot sliding into third base in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Braves.

Blackmon got off to a scorching start afer making his major league debut last month, at one point stealing a base in five straight games.  After 10 games, he was hitting .410.  However, he was just 9-for-59 since, dropping his average to .250.  Also, he had totaled a mere two extra-base hits and three walks in 98 at-bats overall and he hadn’t stolen a base since his streak ended.

So, while it hurts the Rockies to be down another player, Blackmon shouldn’t prove to be all that much of a loss.  Cole Garner will likely rejoin the team Friday when Blackmon is placed on the disabled list.

The Rockies also have the option of bringing back Dexter Fowler, but Fowler is hitting just .222/.344/.321 in 20 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs.  What they’ll likely do is give Ty Wigginton more time in the outfield, with Ian Stewart filling in at third base.

Mets sign Vance Worley and Scott Copeland

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The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.

Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.

Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.

Viva organizational depth.