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Charlie Blackmon hit again by dehydration; Tyler Anderson to rehab for Rockies return; Jeff Hoffman struggles

ATLANTA — Charlie Blackmon saw the video, the footage of him nearly swinging out of his shoes, then tumbling into the dirt and grabbing his leg. But he won’t apologize for it.

“It looked bad,” he said. “But I’m trying to swing hard. That’s what I do. I swing the bat hard.”

The Rockies’ all-star center fielder left Friday night’s game mid-at bat in the eighth inning with a left hamstring cramp. Blackmon said the cramp was caused by dehydration, the same ailment that cause him to leave a game on July 19 in Denver.

When the cramp bit him last month, the Rockies had a day off before a new series, and Blackmon rested. This cramp was more difficult to deal with. But like a boxer after a weigh-in, Blackmon rehydrated overnight and was back in the Rockies’ starting lineup Saturday night.

“I feel fine. I’m ready to go,” he said before the game. “I’m just going to stay hydrated. It was a cramp. I’ve been drinking a lot. We have some hydrating supplements.”

Rockies manager Bud Black penciled Blackmon into the lineup but waited through batting practice to see how Blackmon responded.

“Charlie has a great feel for his body and how he feels and he’s cognizant of what this means,” Black said. “Today’s game and moving forward, he has to be right.”

Lefty rehab. Tyler Anderson will throw in his first game since June 25 when the left-hander starts for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday in a rehab start. Anderson is working back from left knee surgery. The plan is to give him two innings. But the door his closing on his availability as a full-time starter this season.

“We’re running out of time to really build him up,” Black said. “He might get a couple outings in the minors before their season ends.”

The Rockies hope Anderson can top out his pitches at 45-50 in one game at Triple-A before a possible return to the majors, most likely in the bullpen.

“He could start. But we’ll have plenty of reinforcements,” Black said. “Can we get him to 100 pitches? Probably not. The bullpen is a possibility.”

Rookie report. Jeff Hoffman’s abbreviated outing Thursday for Albuquerque was an ugly one. He needed only six pitches to force an infield pop-up and get a strikeout, but he threw 28 more pitches and did not register an out before being pulled.

“It was a bad start. He was only gonna go one inning too. That was what’s frustrating,” Black said. ” He couldn’t get through the inning. He hasn’t been making the pitches a big-league pitcher needs to over his last handful of starts.”

Hoffman, who was sent down Aug. 18, will pitch again Monday in a regular start without a strict innings limit.

Footnotes. The Rockies will wait for a report on Ian Desmond (right calf strain) after his start at shortstop Sunday for Albuquerque. He may return to the Rockies to start a homestand Monday… Rockies radio broadcaster Jerry Schemmel will attempt to ride 468 miles from the Colorado-Utah border to the Colorado-Kansas border on Aug. 31. Schemmel will attempt to both break a record of 32 hours and nine minutes while also raising money for Paws for Purple Hearts, a group trying to reduce the suicide rate among wounded veterans by providing them canine therapy dogs. Donations can be made at pawsforpurplehearts.org.

Looking ahead

Rockies RHP Jon Gray (5-3, 4.54 ERA) at Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-9, 4.95), Sunday 11:35 a.m., AT&T SportsNet, 850 AM

Through 13 starts and an uneven run after recovering from a broken foot, Gray has shown improvement over his previous two seasons. His ERA is down and has been sinking. His ERA-plus (a park-adjusted figure) is at a career-high 111 (where 100 is average) . He’s allowing fewer home runs and walks per nine innings. But, he’s averaging only 5 1/3 innings per start. Ideally, that number would be above six by season’s end. Gray has gone at least six innings in five of his past seven starts. Foltynewicz has allowed 20 runs over his past three ugly starts.

Monday: Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-11, 6.11) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (10-4, 4.52), 6:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet

Tuesday: Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (10-11, 3.69) at Rockies RHP German Marquez (10-5, 4.18), 6:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet

Wednesday: Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (9-8, 3.90) at Rockies RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 3.79), 1:10 p.m., no TV

Source: denverpost

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