Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had to leave last Friday’s game against the Braves after suffering a left mallet finger fracture on a slide into second base. There was concern that Arenado would have to miss a significant amount of time, but the Rockies received a bit of good news today. Per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Arenado will not need surgery to repair the fracture.
It’s unclear how this news affects his timetable, but it’s certainly better than hearing some of the other potential prognoses. A realistic estimate still leaves Arenado out through at least the first half of June.
Arenado, 23, was off to a fantastic start for the Rockies, slashing .305/.333/.489 while providing elite defense at the hot corner. He made headlines earlier in the season when he hit in 28 consecutive games between April 9 and May 8.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.