Rockies 3B Arenado dealing with shoulder ailment
Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado wasn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a strained right shoulder he suffered in Friday's game.
Arenado exited Friday's game when he said the injury made it too painful to throw the ball.
"He got looked at by our medical staff. They all seem to think that this is something minor," Black said. "Hopefully this resolves itself quickly where he can get back on the diamond as an infielder. I suspect that this is not anything that's going to last too long. I think it's going to be manageable."
Arenado said the shoulder doesn't bother him when he's swinging the bat.
"It's just a little strain or something. Just take it day by day," Arenado told reporters. "It's affecting my throwing, for sure. I can't go out there if it's going to affect my throwing. It doesn't hurt doing anything except extending when I throw."
Arenado, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is batting .307 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs this season.
Working in Arenado's favour in terms of avoiding the disabled list is this: Colorado has an off-day Monday and then plays a two-game road series against the Houston Astros, which would allow him to serve as the designated hitter.
"We've got to make sure we stay on top of it, medically," Black said. "Our conversations are where he gets back to playing as an everyday player, and he can manage this and continue to get better, even as he's playing.
"Hopefully, by then he'll be able to play defence because we love the glove. But if he can't make it on the field, he'll DH."
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