Sprained right knee sidelines Rosario

August 4, 2010 | 5:39 pm | 4  

Double-A catching prospect Wilin Rosario suffered a sprained right knee Tuesday night in a rundown play and might miss the balance of the season.

Rosario, 21, who was named the Texas League player of the month for July, underwent an MRI exam Wednesday, and the Rockies are awaiting the results.

The initial fear is that Rosario will be sidelined the rest of the season. If that is the case, it will be the second successive year that Rosario had his season cut short by injury. While playing for high Class A Modesto in 2009, Rosario suffered a sprained left wrist in a play at the plate on July 28. He missed the rest of the season but returned for the Arizona Fall League.

Rosario is hitting .285 for Tulsa with 19 homers and 52 RBI in 73 games. He has a .342 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging percentage, which ranks third in the Texas League.

In July, Rosario hit .314 (22-for-70) with three doubles, nine home runs, 25 RBI and 14 runs scored. During the month, Rosario had five walks and nine strikeouts, hit safely in 16 of 18 games and had a .360 on-base percentage and a .743 slugging percentage.

Rosario was injured Tuesday in the bottom of the seventh inning at Northwest Arkansas. A rundown developed with runners on first and second, and Rosario ran toward the lead runner, forced him toward second and threw.

The runner reacted to Rosario’s throw and broke for third. As Rosario moved to get out of the runner’s way, his right knee buckled.

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  • David H | August 4, 2010 | 6:21 pm

    Jack,

    Assuming it’s just a knee sprain, are we looking at another season in the AFL for Rosario?

  • Rich M | August 5, 2010 | 7:46 am

    Often described as being a bright but very raw catching prospect, this is a dissappointing setback for sure. He is still very young however and was likely slated for AAA next year anyway. 2012 (may be a September callup in 2011) was the likely ETA for Rosario to be in Denver.

    Getting some additional exposure in the AFL this fall would definitely help his development, if Rosario is able to go by then?

  • Eric W | August 5, 2010 | 10:54 am

    Thank You Jack!

  • Steve N | August 5, 2010 | 2:20 pm

    Is there still a rivalry between the RMN and Post newspaper guys? Was reading Tracy’s tweet. Or is it about someone completely different?