SAN DIEGO -- Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario, who left Friday night's game after awkwardly twisting his left ankle, had the ankle heavily taped and was unable to play Saturday night against the Padres.
Rosario, 23, had been concentrating on handling low pitches to his glove side, but crossed up his mechanics on a Drew Pomeranz pitch in the dirt and tumbled. The Rockies called it a low-grade ankle sprain.
Before the game, Rosario was receiving tips on handling pitches from experienced catchers Ramon Hernandez and Wil Nieves, who is on the disabled list with turf toe in his right foot. He hoped to translate what he learned to the game.
"I was making a little adjustment, but something happened," Rosario said. "I tried to [stay in], but my ankle became really tight."
The club will assess Rosario's health Sunday. Nieves is due to return from the DL on Tuesday. Instead of leaving the club to join Colorado Springs on an injury rehab assignment, Nieves will hang around just in case he needs to be activated Tuesday in Arizona. If not, he'll join Triple-A Colorado Springs for regular at-bats in Minor League games.
Saturday, Hernandez started and Jordan Pacheco, the regular third baseman, was the backup catcher.