Rockies’ Nolan Arenado deals with shoulder pain; confident he’ll snap slump

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado deals with shoulder pain; confident he’ll snap slump

  02 Sep 2018

SAN DIEGO — Nolan Arenado is never satisfied with the way he plays baseball. That’s just how he’s built.

So it pains him when he’s not playing well. The pain doubles when the Rockies are struggling. So the all-star third baseman entered Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres intent on changing things.

“I’m not sure what’s going on, but I haven’t been hitting,” he said. “As a team, we are not really getting on base like we need to, so it’s been tough. But we have a whole month left and hopefully we can turn it around.”

Arenado entered the game in an 0-for-17 slump on the current West Coast road trip. Worse, DJ LeMahieu, Ian Desmond and Arenado have all hit the skids at the same time, the trio combining for an 0-for-46 skid entering Saturday. The Rockies had lost five of their last seven games but entered the night only 1 ½ games behind Arizona in the National League West.

Exacerbating Arenado’s slump is a sore right shoulder that has bothered him since early August. The shoulder is still not pain free, but he’s learned to deal with it.

“It’s good enough to play and it’s good enough to throw,” he said. “But it’s definitely not 100 percent.”

Arenado said the shoulder has not factored into his batting slump.

“I mean, the shoulder’s sore, but it doesn’t affect the hitting,” he said.

The injury forced Arenado out of a game against the Dodgers on Aug. 10 and limited him to pinch-hit and designated-hitter duties until he returned to play third base on Aug. 16 at Atlanta.

As for the slump, Arenado admitted he’s a little perplexed by it, even though he’s batting .300 with 31 home runs, 91 RBIs, a .558 slugging percentage and a .383 on-base percentage.

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