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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl turned in an excellent start in Monday's 4-0 win against the Dodgers. Kuhl carved through a tough lineup, turning in a complete-game shutout with three hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. The 29-year-old has produced good numbers overall this season, compiling a 5-5 record with a 3.49 ERA, 57 strikeouts, and 29 walks through 14 starts and 77 1/3 innings pitched. He will look to turn in another strong start in a much better matchup against the Diamondbacks on the road.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against left-hander Tyler Anderson and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game marks the return of fellow outfielder Kris Bryant (back), who will be batting third and covering left field. Blackmon has been productive at the plate in June. He's slashing .286/.317/.510 with five home runs, 17 RBI and 13 runs over 23 games this month. He hit just 13 home runs over 150 games last year, but he's on pace to demolish that total this year as he already had 12 homers across 65 games.
The Colorado Rockies reinstated outfielder Kris Bryant (back) from the 10-day injured list on Monday and reinstated left-hander Ty Blach from the 15-day injured list. Bryant is back in left field and is hitting third on Monday against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Tyler Anderson. On a four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque, Bryant went 1-for-13 with a double and two runs scored. The 30-year-old is no longer in his prime and is still searching for his first home run of the year after two stints on the injured list with a back injury. However, he should be able to give fantasy managers some modest power at hitter-friendly Coors Field, and he was batting .270 (17-for-63) before going on the IL the second time.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said that infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant (back) will rejoin the team in Denver on Monday. The thought is that Bryant will be activated from the injured list at that time, but they will evaluate him when he joins the team. The veteran slugger has gone 3-for-20 (.150) with no home runs, no RBI, two runs scored and eight strikeouts in six games for Triple-A Albuquerque on his minor league rehab assignment, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence that he can hit the ground running when he returns to the Rockies lineup. The 30-year-old last played for Colorado on May 22 and has been on the injured list twice due to back issues already this year. Bryant was hitting .270/.343/.333 but had yet to go deep in 17 games before his latest injury.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Kris Bryant (back) will not be ready to rejoin the big league club this weekend, according to the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders. Bryant has appeared in two rehab games for Triple-A Albuquerque, going 0-for-6 with three strikeouts thus far. He was initially expected back for his team's weekend series against the Minnesota Twins but he will not be available. Bryant has been dealing with a back issue for much of the season, but has not suffered a setback in his recovery. Manager Bud Black told reporters on Friday, "No setback at all. We're just looking at it more realistically. He probably needs just a few more games to get ready." Bryant is hitting .270 with 11 runs and four RBI across just 73 at-bats in 2022.