Arenado eager to taste Rockies' home cooking

Arenado eager to taste Rockies' home cooking

DENVER -- The Rockies' history of dominating at home is simply that as far as third baseman Nolan Arenado is concerned. He'd like to experience it.

"It's got to be a good feeling, but I don't know it," said Arenado, who entered the final week of National League All-Star voting trailing the Cubs' Kris Bryant -- the NL's leading vote-getter -- by roughly 500,000 votes for the honor of starting at third base. "You've got to ask teams like the Giants. They take care of business at home most of the time. But we're playing good ball, and if we can play the way we did in the last homestand, it would be really nice."

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In the first two of Arenado's three seasons in the Majors, the Rockies went 45-36 at Coors Field -- good, but nowhere near the 52 home victories they recorded in 2010, their last winning season. They won 51 at home in 2007 and 2009, their last two playoff seasons. Last year they dropped to 36-45 at Coors.

Arenado and the Rockies started slowly at home this season. They went 5-1 their last time at Coors but entered Thursday's opener of a seven-game homestand with a 15-16 record here.

"I don't know if specifically the time is now, but we need to take care of games at home," Arenado said, who did his part on Thursday by getting the Rockies on the board with an RBI double off Arizona's Zack Greinke. "There's always an urgency to get going. This is in the division. It's a big series for us, a weekend series. It's a big deal, can put us in a better position."

Reyes officially departs: The Rockies made the departure of shortstop Jose Reyes official on Thursday by requesting waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. They had designated him for assignment on June 15. They could not work a trade, and he was not claimed by another club.

Reyes is in the fifth year of a six-year, $106 million contract, with roughly $41.8 million remaining, including a $4 million buyout for the 2018 season.

He hit .259 in 47 games for the Rockies in 2015 but was suspended through May 31 of this season for his involvement in an alleged domestic-violence incident in October 2015 and has not played in 2016.

Injury updates: Right-hander Tyler Chatwood (mid-back strain) and left-hander Chris Rusin (inflammation in left shoulder) played light catch on Thursday, but more about their recoveries will not be known until they increase the intensity level.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.