SS Clint Barmes walked into the clubhouse yesterday with his arm in a sling. Not far from him was OF Matt Holliday, his pinkie tightly wrapped in tape. Across the room were RHP Shawn Chacon and C Todd Greene, both wearing street clothes instead of their uniforms.
Yep, it's been that bad in Colorado this week. With four players going on the DL in the past seven days -- Holliday was the latest with a broken finger on Friday -- the Rockies have more holes in their lineup than a mesh fence.
"Everybody seems to be going down at the same time. That's weird. Things like this don't happen," Rockies IF Desi Relaford said.
By all accounts, it was supposed to be a rough year in Colorado. The Rockies retooled their roster with an eye to the future, trotting out a lineup with two regulars (Preston Wilson and Todd Helton) who've played more than two seasons.
Colorado -- nicknamed "Todd and the Toddlers" in spring training -- has taken its lumps with the youngsters, getting off to the worst start in franchise history (2-10) and dueling Kansas City and Tampa Bay for baseball's worst record most of the season.
The bad luck has left the Rockies thin, but certainly not any less determined.
"If we have people that don't think we can win a ballgame they can let me know," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I'll go get some people that think they can."
Meantime, in the Virgin Islands, P Timothy Brewer was thrilled that Colorado selected him in the 35th round.
Problem is, the 11th-grader isn't eligible.
In an apparent draft-day mix-up, the Rockies selected the 17-year-old Brewer from Ivanna Eudora Kean High on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the late rounds Wednesday. League rules say players must finish high school to be drafted.
"I never thought I'd get to the major leagues," Brewer, the 1,047th player selected, said yesterday. "But they drafted me after the 11th grade? I was like, man, that can't be so."
Team officials plan to meet with Commissioner Bud Selig to learn the ramifications of the mistake, which likely will result in the Rockies losing their draft pick, a team spokesman said. Brewer said he hasn't heard from the Rockies since they called to congratulate him on Wednesday.
* BONDS WORKS OUT: Barry Bonds worked out before the Giants' game yesterday, doing more resistance and agility drills in the outfield before San Francisco faced the Indians. Bonds has been sidelined all season while recovering from three operations on his right knee but his intensity of working out has increased of late.
"The rehab is coming along great," Bonds wrote on the latest entry on his Web site. "We are moving along at a nice pace and I'm only a few degrees from having full motion. My knee is getting stronger and although the swelling is minimal, we have to still be cautious."
* RIPKEN HEADS SOUTH: Cal Ripken is putting his name on a $24 million baseball complex scheduled to open along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, S.C., next year.
The first phase of the Ripken Experience will have six junior baseball fields, three regulation baseball fields and training fields with batting cages, pitching mounds and practice infields. It is scheduled to open in June 2006 and have 11 weeks of tournament play.
* WOOD REHABS IN IOWA: Cubs RHP Kerry Wood is scheduled to make two or three rehabilitation starts at Class AAA Iowa, beginning tomorrow, as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
"He feels great," GM Jim Hendry said yesterday.
Wood, on the disabled list since May 3, threw a three-inning simulated game of 45 pitches Wednesday and then threw on the side yesterday.
-- From News Services