Updates from Saturday, May 24

The Rockies’ PR Twitter feed delivered bad news regarding Nolan Arenado on Saturday:

Joe Morgan of MLB.com provides more from Arenado:

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The Colorado Rockies announced that third baseman Nolan Arenado suffered a mallet fracture to his left middle finger Friday night against the Atlanta Braves:

Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com reported that the break occurred on a head-first slide into second base:

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post provides details on Arenado’s injury:

Raul Martinez of Fox 31 in Denver noted that an injury of this type can mean a recovery time of six to eight weeks:

After an impressive rookie campaign, the 23-year-old has made big strides in 2014. Heading into Friday’s game, he was batting .302 with six home runs and 28 runs batted in. Arenado’s 28-game hitting streak—which ended May 9—is also the longest in Rockies history, per Mike Axisa of CBS Sports.

Colorado has gotten off to a blistering pace offensively this year, and Arenado has been a big reason for that.

Though he doesn’t carry the most star power on the Rockies’ roster, he is currently one of the best young third basemen in the majors. A sustained period off the field could mean a fall back to earth from his lofty performances earlier in the year.

Given his role in Colorado’s success so far this season, Arenado’s injury may translate to a loss of more ground to the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

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