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Friday, July 4, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Nolan Arenado returns from DL

By on 7/04/2014 06:30:00 AM

The injury-plagued Colorado Rockies got their third baseman back on Thursday as Nolan Arenado was activated from the disabled list to start in their 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB Roster Moves announced the transaction, with starter Christian Friedrich making way on the roster:

Arenado was sidelined for six weeks with the broken finger he sustained on June 23rd. He went 0-4 with a strikeout in his return. Ryan Wheeler, Josh Rutledge and Charlie Culberson will all see a reduction in their playing time after taking turns filling in for Arenado at third and will be limited to pinch-hit appearances and the occasional start to give one of the regular infield - Arenado, Justin Morneau, DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki - a break.

Friedrich's demotion paves the way for a somewhat sudden major league return in the form of Jair Jurrjens, who will start for the Rockies on Friday, according to Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports. The Rockies just acquired Jurrjens in a trade and will give him his first MLB start since June 29th, 2013. After a surprising 2.96 ERA in 2011, Jurrjens was crushed for an incredible 81 hits in just 55 2/3 innings across 2012 and 2013, while striking out just 6 more batters (25) than he walked.

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