Arenado out with early onset pneumonia

Arenado out with early onset pneumonia

DENVER -- In addition to the chest contusion that the Rockies expected, a CT scan and MRI exam on third baseman Nolan Arenado on Tuesday revealed the early onset of pneumonia. Manager Walt Weiss believes Arenado will return before season's end, but a determination will not be made until he rests for a few days and is reevaluated.

"I think we'll see him again this season," Weiss said. "He's not feeling very good, obviously. It'll be a few days before he's even up and about."

Arenado began experiencing chest pain during the last road trip, when he made diving attempts in New York and St. Louis.

For a team that has had to deal with a benign tumor in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's left index finger, missed catcher Wilin Rosario and infielder Josh Rutledge with a flu-like illness, and seen pitchers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman suffer breaks to their non-throwing hand, a chest bruise that led to a pneumonia diagnosis is right in line.

"We've invented a few this year," Weiss said. "This is about par for the course."

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