PHOENIX — The waiting game continues for Rockies left fielder Kris Bryant, who will miss the remainder of the club’s road trip.
Rockies manager Bud Black said Saturday that Bryant would stay in Arizona for treatment and rehabilitation for his injured back after the team ended its weekend streak against the Diamondbacks. As the club travels to San Francisco for a three-game series starting Monday, Bryant will remain on the injured list and train at the club’s Salt Rivers Fields complex in Scottsdale.
Bryant played again with head coach Keith Dugger on Saturday, but he is yet to swing a bat. Bryant, who signed a seven-year, $182 million contract to come to Colorado, hasn’t played since April 25 in Philadelphia.
Black, who initially said he hoped Bryant would be ready to play in the current series against Arizona, said Saturday that Bryant is “making steady progress.” Tests on Bryant’s back showed no structural issues.
Bryant said last week that participating in the IL was the best thing for him and for the team.
“There’s no point in going out there and feeling like you’re going to hurt the team,” Bryant said. “If there’s a bullet in space or something, and I’m hesitant to even go over there and pick it up or something, that’s not a good place.”
Bryant also said he didn’t want to put a timeline on his return.
“I guess in the past I’ve been in situations where you say you’re going out that day and then it doesn’t happen and it creates more history than you want it to,” he said. -he declares.
Bryant got off to a good start, at least in terms of average, but fell into a slump when he polished his back for the first time in a game in Detroit on April 22. He hits .281 (16 for 57) with a . 689 OPS. He has yet to hit a home run for the Rockies.
RISP route issues. In their 4-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday night, the Rockies went 1-8 with runners in scoring position. That lack of clutch hits on the road has hurt the Rockies this season, just like last season.
The Rockies entered Saturday night’s game averaging .207 with runners in scoring position on the road versus .284 at Coors Field. Last year, when they finished 26-54 on the road, the Rockies’ RISP average was .203 to .289 at home.
The Rockies had lost five straight road games heading into Saturday night’s game.
“We were aggressive, which can be very advantageous at times,” Black said. “You’re on offense as an offense, and you often find good pitchers throwing first-pitch strikes. So be ready to strike.
“But sometimes it can work against you, like last night. (Merrill Kelly) was throwing strikes and we were swinging and making outs. Consequently, he was able to pitch the ninth inning with less than 90 pitches.
The solution, Black said, “is to temper that aggressiveness by really making sure you’re swinging on good pitches to hit.”