Blackmon thriving in Dominican Winter League

Blackmon thriving in Dominican Winter League

Blackmon thriving in Dominican Winter League
DENVER -- After struggling for much of the 2012 season with a nagging turf toe issue, Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is healthy and prosperous in the Dominican Winter League. A Toros teammate of Josh Outman, Blackmon has hit .296 with six RBIs, three doubles, a triple and a .361 on-base percentage.

Blackmon, who had a chance to make the Opening Day roster before the toe problem reared, finished the regular season with the Rockies and hit a healthy .283 in 42 games, after batting .303 in 59 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He went to the Dominican to make up for the at-bats he missed while rehabbing.

"He's doing well offensively and defensively, and he's facing a lot of left-handed pitching, which is a good thing, and doing well," Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said. "He's been running around and looking healthy, not thinking about the injuries at all."