Blackmon's season to continue when Rox's ends

Blackmon's season to continue when Rox's ends

Blackmon's season to continue when Rox's ends
PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon won't be ready to stop when the season ends.

Having had his season interrupted by two major bouts with turf toe, Blackmon plans to play winter ball for La Romana in the Dominican Republic as soon as the regular season ends. The rehab was grueling, but regaining his hitting timing is more important than resting.

"Hopefully, I can get back those at-bats that I missed," Blackmon said. "I didn't feel so fresh when I was in [Triple-A] Colorado Springs, but since I've gotten here, I've been able to stay more fresh and get to the point where I am now. I don't feel fatigued."

Blackmon, 26, had an encouraging beginning when called up last season, but suffered a broken right foot and saw his season end after just 28 games. He was making a bid for an Opening Day roster spot when he suffered the turf toe problem in Spring Training, and had a relapse when he was trying to make his comeback.

After being called up to the Rockies on Aug. 18, Blackmon started slowly, but had a career-best four-hit game in Atlanta last week. He went into Sunday's doubleheader with the Phillies (he didn't start the first game) hitting .224 with four doubles and an RBI in 49 Major League at-bats.

He also has made a couple of defensive plays that called for speed and range -- an indication that he is past the foot issues.

"Months ago, I wasn't there, but now I'm at the point where I don't even think about it," Blackmon said.

Next season, Blackmon will be trying to push his way into a crowded outfield. Michael Cuddyer and Eric Young Jr., not on the roster now because of oblique injuries, will be back in a picture that includes mainstays Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez, plus Andrew Brown, who has shown offensive promise in limited opportunities.