Charlie Blackmon doesn’t miss beat in return from COVID-19 – The Denver Post
Charlie Blackmon hasn’t played a baseball game since March 10 — the last game the Rockies played at spring training in Arizona.
Four months later, the four-time all-star appeared in his first scrimmage at the Rockies’ summer camp Friday after missing the start of practices at Coors Field following his positive test for COVID-19.
“Feel good about them being ready for the season, on the roster,” manager Bud Black said about Blackmon and fellow outfielder David Dahl, who also returned to summer camp Friday after missing time due to core soreness.
For his part, Blackmon already looks primed to go.
Leading off for the purple squad, the outfielder started simply enough, hitting a single off pinstripe starter Antonio Senzatela.
But Blackmon was just getting started. Stepping up to the plate in the top of the third, he turned on a Senzatela offering and lined a home run deep over the wall in right, leaving his teammate on the mound no option except to watch.
Owings earning his spot
Chris Owings got the good news Friday. The 28-year-old utility player was officially added to the Rockies 40-man roster, along with reliever Daniel Bard and outfielder Matt Kemp.
“You could see that those guys were excited to be Rockies,” Black said. “But they brought balance. We saw (Owings) in spring training one, we saw Bard in spring training one, and I thought they both showed very well until the shutdown. And they continued that here in Denver.”
Owings was quick to show Friday night why he made the cut. Facing righty Ashton Goudeau, the former non-roster invitee doubled before scoring off a Daniel Murphy RBI single. Two frames later, Owings did it again, doubling to the right-center gap with two outs, though he was stranded.
“I thought their readiness here in camp was on point,” Black said. “They were ready physically and mentally, and they showed that here through until today.”
Playing second for the pinstripe squad, Owings also helped turn a double play in the fourth and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Dahl.
Footnotes. Catcher Elías Díaz legged out what could generously be called a triple in the second inning for the pinstripe squad after his soft line drive was missed by a diving Sam Hilliard in left. … Trevor Story had a nice night, getting a single, a walk, a stolen base, and scored a run. … Ryan McMahon also added two hits, a double and a single. … Antonio Santos threw two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts.