• Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who has been out for more than a week because of an infection in his right knee, is improving and could be back in several days.
• Right-hander Tyler Chatwood threw an uneventful inning before the rain ended Friday night's game against the Royals, then threw a side session to reach his allotted number of pitches. Chatwood is a candidate for the starting rotation as well as a middle-relief role.
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