He sounds overly optimistic to me... I'm guessing a retroactive (?) DL stint is likely.
Hawpe's ankle in question
By Troy E. Renck
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 03/28/2007 06:35:20 PM MDT
Mesa, Ariz. - Brad Hawpe believes with certainty that he will be ready for opening day.
But the possibility of the outfielder opening the season on the disabled list lingered after Hawpe required extensive treatment on his sprained left ankle today. Hawpe suffered the injury while fielding a ball in practice on Tuesday. He has not played the last two days, replaced against the Chicago Cubs by veteran Steve Finley.
"It's a little bit sore, not real painful, but still a little bit sore,'' Hawpe said today. "It's going to be OK. I am sure I will be good to go (for Monday's opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks).''
The Rockies grew concerned when the swelling increased on Tuesday night. Hawpe said he has never suffered a sprained ankle before. The right fielder enjoyed the best spring of his career, hitting .315 with a team-high five home runs. He also showed improvement against left-handed pitching.
The Rockies have alternatives if Hawpe can't go. Jeff Baker would pick up some at-bats as well as Finley. Baker has shown more offensively, but Finley is a much more accomplished defensive player.
To answer ChiSoxFan95's question "Anyone else here depending upon this guy to put up nice #'s?," I know I am counting on it. He had some growing pains after the break last year, which I'm guessing has depressed his value so much. The only thing stopping him from breaking out is the ability to hit lefties. It's particularly interesting that his numbers were better away from Coors Field:
Home: 238 AB, .282/.369/.454, 6 HR, 36 RBI
Away: 261 AB, .303/.395/.571, 16 HR, 48 RBI
For what it's worth, I've read a few articles that quote unamed baseball sources mentioning Hawpe as being one the players they believe has trememdous upside. Todd Helton is biased of course, but he just raves about Hawpe's ability. Did I mention he's 27?
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax