Blackmon optioned to Colorado Springs

Blackmon optioned to Colorado Springs

DENVER -- Outfielder Charlie Blackmon was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. Before Friday, he had last played on March 19, and was sidelined with a severe case of turf toe on his left big toe.

Blackmon made his 2012 debut for Colorado Springs on Friday, and went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. He was also 1-for-4 on Saturday.

At the time of his injury, Blackmon was vying with Tyler Colvin for a reserve outfielder job. Colvin proceeded to finish the spring strong, though manager Jim Tracy said Blackmon "was in a good place" at the time of his injury.

Tracy said Blackmon has made adjustments on both offense and defense that have helped him. He is standing less erect at the plate, Tracy said, and has learned to incorporate the lower half of his body in his swing, which helps him drive the ball more. On defense, Tracy said Blackmon has gotten more aggressive on balls that are in front of him.

"This is a guy, believe me, I think as we go through the course of the season, is going to be helpful to our club," Tracy said.