Sprained right knee sidelines Rosario
Double-A catching prospectsuffered 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.