• Friedrich is scheduled for a live bullpen session over the next couple of days, which would put him in position to make his Cactus League debut by the weekend. Friedrich has not pitched because of back spasms. Friedrich, the Rockies' top pick in the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft, made his Rockies debut last season and went 5-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 16 starts before sustaining a stress fracture in the right side of his lower back.
• Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who hasn't played since March 1 because of an infection in his right knee, is improving to the point where he can play catch. "I'm not sure exactly how many days away he is, but he's doing a lot better."
• First base prospect Ben Paulsen, who has fallen on the prospect scale because of a .241 average in 2011 and a .255 average in 2012 at Double-A Tulsa, has impressed Weiss with his .471 average this spring. "He'd get into some positions that would create some poor swing paths, but he's ironed that out. He's another one that can hit, and he's got big power, too," Weiss said.
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