Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.”
Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment in preparation for potentially coming off the DL as soon as this weekend.
Gonzalez’s injury came at a particularly bad time because he’d finally gotten on track following a rough start to the season, hitting .324 with 12 homers over a 58-game stretch to increase his overall OPS from .647 to .849. In his absence the Rockies have gone 4-6 with Eric Young Jr., Ryan Spilborghs, and Ty Wigginton replacing him in left field.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)