Reigning All-Star MVP headed to injured list

Jun 14, 2024, 4:13 PM | Updated: 4:14 pm

Elias Díaz is headed to the injured list, but a familiar name will return to fill the spot on the 25-man roster of the Colorado Rockies.

The reigning All-Star MVP landed on the 10-day injured list Friday, four days after suffering a calf strain Monday night in a 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Taking his spot will be outfielder Nolan Jones, who struggled before the Rockies placed him on the injured list April 30 due to back stiffness.

Jones was hitting .170 with a .591 OPS to open the season. Right-knee soreness that set in during a rehab stint last month extended Jones’ stint on the injured list; he had to stop his first rehab stretch with AAA Albuquerque after three games.

He notched a .242 average with a .783 OPS during his second rehab stint, which began June 2.


Elias Díaz is expected to be one of the hotter commodities on the trade market as the July 30 trade deadline approaches. In the wake of a season in which he earned MVP honors in his first All-Star Game appearance, the 33-year old catcher and occasional designated hitter sports a .303 average with 5 home runs and 28 RBI in 55 games.

No. 2 catcher Jacob Stallings has also been impressive this year. Like Díaz, his bat has warranted use as a designated hitter when he’s not behind the plate. Stallings has a .295 average with an .823 OPS.

Díaz is in his contract year, and his combination of contract, age and recent proficiency makes him a potential candidate to be dealt from a Rockies side that remains mired in last place in the NL West. The Rockies are 3-9 in June after finding their footing in May, posting a 14-13 month after a disastrous 7-22 ledger in March and April.


Sean Payton Broncos next three years...

Will Petersen

ESPN’s outlook for the Broncos over the next three years is bleak

ESPN's "Future Power Rankings" were concerning, projecting the outlook for every NFL team the next three years; they have the Broncos at 27

2 hours ago

Javonte Williams...

Cecil Lammey

Is Javonte Williams fighting for a roster spot in training camp?

Once a rising star in the Broncos backfield, the bruising running back has a lot of competition this year, as his job in anything but secure

7 hours ago

Broncos LB Drew Sanders...

Andrew Mason

No surprises as Broncos put three players on PUP list

Drew Sanders, Caden Sterns and Delarrin Turner-Yell all landed on the PUP list as the Broncos set their roster in advance of training camp.

22 hours ago

Todd Helton...

Andrew Mason

Todd Helton uses Hall of Fame speech to thank those who made his induction possible

Todd Helton was never all that comfortable talking about himself, so he used his Hall of Fame induction speech to pay tribute to others.

1 day ago

Shaquil Barrett...

Andrew Mason

Shaquil Barrett, a former Broncos and CSU edge rusher, announces retirement

Shaquil Barrett elected to walk away from the NFL on Saturday, announcing his retirement just before he was about to start camp in Miami.

2 days ago

Greg Dulcich...

Andrew Mason

Could Greg Dulcich or Lucas Krull be the Broncos’ answer at tight end?

Greg Dulcich has struggled to stay healthy. Lucas Krull is unproven. But both have dynamic pass-catching skill. Could either be the answer?

3 days ago

Reigning All-Star MVP headed to injured list