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Colorado Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert (forearm) is now expected to miss "considerable time" due to his forearm injury. As of now, tests that were performed yesterday have not come back, but manager Bud Black seems to have already accepted that this is not a minor ailment. Lambert was one of the team's top prospects last year, but he struggled mightily in his major league appearances. Lambert finished his rookie year with a 7.25 ERA in 89 1/3 innings pitched, and he struck out less than six batters per nine innings. Him being one of the team's top prospects says more about the team's farm system than Lambert. Either way, he was unlikely have much, if any, fantasy relevance this season.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert (forearm) suffered from "forearm tightness" during his outing in the Cactus League on Tuesday, according to manager Bud Black. When asked about Lambert's prognosis, Black said, "Fingers crossed." We won't know the severity of the right-hander's injury until the Rockies evaluate him further, but it sounds like an injury that could keep him out for a while. The 22-year-old (23 next month) made 19 starts for the Rockies in 2019 and went 3-7 with a 7.25 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 57 K's in 89 1/3 innings. Lambert could make some starts again for Colorado to open up the season, but he can be ignored in most fantasy leagues for now.
Colorado Rockies outfielder David Dahl is being considered for the leadoff spot this season, according to manager Bud Black. The growth of analytics has changed how leadoff hitters look over the last couple years, so Dahl could fit well in the role even though he's only got a career OBP of .346. If he does stick in the role, this would negatively impact his RBI numbers in exchange for runs, but the real question will be whether it alters his approach at the plate in any way. Either way, Dahl's biggest issue is health. If he can stay healthy for a full season, he could be a stud player. Unfortunately, Dahl hasn't topped 400 at-bats in a season since 2016.
Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Ben Bowden (back) hasn't made much progress from lower back soreness and is likely to be out for another month, according to manager Bud Black. Ranked as the team's No. 8 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, at the end of last season, the 25-year-old southpaw has a chance to be a true impact reliever at the back end of the bullpen for the Rockies. However, his development will be halted to begin the 2020 season, and he might not be an option until later this year or in 2021. Bowden has the ability to miss bats and could be in the mix for a high-leverage role in the team's bullpen whenever he gets to the majors.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (back) is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Indians after being held out recently with lower back spasms. I feel good and strong, Freeland said. I really dont think Ive lost much time. I just wanted to make sure I didnt rush anything. The left-hander had his last Cactus League start cut short because of the back issues, but it was obviously nothing too serious. He's made mechanical changes to his windup and has been happy with the results so far, but fantasy owners will need to see better results in the regular season for him to become worth considering off the waiver wire in mixed leagues again.