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.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.