Rockies’ Kris Bryant facing lack of time to return

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Rockies' Kris Bryant facing lack of time to return
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Left fielder Kris Bryant, who played just 42 games in his first season with the Rockies, may not see the field again in 2022.

After Saturday night’s game against Arizona at Coors Field, the Rockies will have just 22 games to play.

When manager Bud Black was asked if there was still time for Bryant to heal and come back from plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Black said: “There is time but I don’t know if it will happen. . But we remain hopeful.

Bryant, 30, missed time early in the season with lower back pain. He has been on the injured list since August 1 as he tends to his foot injury. Black said Bryant was out of his walking boot, receiving treatment, working out in the weight room and playing catch.

“He hasn’t had a stick in his hand for a while, but he feels a lot better,” Black said.

Black said he sees some benefits for Bryant to return this season, even for a limited time.

“I think he just wants to play,” Black said. “All players like to play; if he can get to that point. And just go into the offseason knowing that you’re really healthy, knowing that he’s played and tested.

The Rockies are 20-22 in games Bryant has played. He reduced .306/.376/.475 with five home runs (all on the road), along with 12 doubles and 14 RBIs. Prior to the season, Bryant signed a seven-year, $182 million contract.

Friday night rewind. The Rockies’ 13-10 win over Arizona on Friday night came on a three-run homer from catcher Elias Diaz, who set career highs with four hits and seven RBIs. He became the first receiver in franchise history with at least seven RBIs in a game.

The Rockies led the game 8-1 in four innings before the Diamondbacks took a 10-8 lead by scoring nine runs in the fifth. The nine runs were the most Colorado allowed in an inning since San Francisco scored a top 10 of the first inning on May 4, 2021. Heading into Friday night’s comeback win, the Rockies were 0- 15 in games in which they had allowed nine runs in a single inning.

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