The Colorado Rockies will more than likely be without big free agent addition Ian Desmond for Opening Day. The power-hitting first baseman has been diagnosed with a left hand fracture after being hit by a pitch during a Spring Training game on Sunday.
Desmond is expected to see a hand specialist in order to figure out what the next step in this process might be. But it's a foregone conclusion he will not be with Colorado when the break camp for the regular season.
Desmond, 31, is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBI. There was every reason to believe he would cross the 30 home run and 100 RBI plateau playing half his games at Coors Field.
With Desmond sidelined, veteran Mark Reynolds will likel take over the starting first base duties for Colorado. It's an unfortunate situation for the Rockies, especially considering Desmond is playing first for the initial time in his nine-year MLB career. He needed all the practice he could get at that position.
This continues a horrible stretch for Colorado, who has also seen outfielder David Dahl, starting pitcher Chris Rusin and Chad Qualls all go down to injury.