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Rockies' Desmond set for hand surgery, no return date given

The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base with Ian Desmond set for surgery on his

Associated Press Published: March 14, 2017 4:00 AM
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The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base.

Rockies newcomer Ian Desmond will have surgery on his broken left hand, the team said Monday without announcing a timetable for his return.

Desmond was injured Sunday when he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati righty Rookie Davis. The surgery will be Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Rockies have their spring training camp.

The Rockies signed Desmond to a $70 million, five-year contract in the offseason to add another potent bat. He is making the transition to first base after entering the major leagues as a shortstop and playing in the outfield last year with Texas.

Desmond hit .285 last season with 22 home runs and 21 stolen bases.

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Jordan Patterson, Gerardo Parra, Stephen Cardullo and Mark Reynolds figure to get more work at first base. Reynolds played the position for the Rockies last season before breaking his left hand/wrist for a second time in mid-September.


Detroit starter Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for 4 2/3 innings, striking out four. J.D. Martinez homered off Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg gave up two runs and three hits in four innings, striking out five and walking none.


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Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer and Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty added RBI doubles for St. Louis. Gyorko hit a career-high 30 home runs last year, but it's unclear what position he will occupy this season.

Michael Wacha allowed two runs in five innings for the Cardinals.

Colin Moran, a former 2013 first-round pick, hit a two-run double for Houston.


Mark Trumbo and Hyun Soo Kim each hit RBI singles for Baltimore. Caleb Joseph and prospect Joey Rickard homered for the Orioles -- Joseph is competing for the starting catcher spot left open when Matt Wieters signed with Washington.

Jeremy Hellickson struggled again for Philadelphia, allowing five earned runs through four innings, giving him a 6.92 spring ERA. Brock Stassi and Nick Williams hit solo homers for the Phillies.


Atlanta starter Bartolo Colon allowed five runs and eight hits and two walk in three innings. John Danks went the final three innings, giving up a run and striking out four.

Adam Frazier went 4-for-4 with a double, scoring two runs and driving in two for Pittsburgh.


Michael Tonkin, Ryan O'Rourke, Buddy Boshers and Randy Rosario shut down the Rays over the final four innings, scattering three hits. Niko Goodrum hit a three-run homer for Minnesota.

Highly touted prospect Jose De Leon, hit hard in his first spring start, allowed three runs in three innings.


J.A. Happ gave up a run in his four-inning start and Toronto reliever Mat Latos allowed a run on one hit in two innings. Kendrys Morales hit his second spring homer and also singled, raising his batting average to .474.

Steven Wright worked two perfect innings for Boston. Rusney Castillo continued his bid to impress the Red Sox by hitting his first home run, and is batting .429. Mitch Moreland also hit his first homer.


Mets starter Noah Syndergaard worked into the fourth inning, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out four. Tim Tebow collected his first hit in a major league game, singling in the fifth off Kyle Lobstein. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and homered and Lucas Duda, Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson each homered.

Severino Gonzales worked four innings in the start for Miami, giving up three runs on four hits. Justin Boer homered off Syndergaard.

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