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Virus knocks out Rockies catcher, backup infielder

Wilin Rosario is one of two Rockies hit hardest by a nasty bug.

Wilin Rosario is one of two Rockies hit hardest by a nasty bug.

DENVER — The hitting bug isn't the only contagious thing in the Rockies' lineup these days.

A viral infection has broken out in the clubhouse, sending C Wilin Rosario and INF Josh Rutledge to the 15-day disabled list with high fevers and headaches.

To prevent the virus from spreading any further, manager Walt Weiss is telling players to wash their hands again and again. Because high-fiving after big hits — such as Charlie Culberson's walkoff homer on Saturday — could spread the infection.

"When you get a nasty bug like this, it tends to go through the clubhouse," Weiss said Sunday. "We have some guys feeling under the weather, not necessarily at the level of Wilin and Josh. We've got a few different bugs running around in that clubhouse."

As for the hitting bug, that's one the Rockies would like to keep going. The Rockies lead the majors in homers (43), RBIs (178) and average (.300).

Rosario went on the disabled list Sunday, making made room for Colorado to activate RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who began the season on the DL with a shoulder strain.

ROUNDABOUT TRIP: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had an adventurous trip to Citizens Bank Park.

With the Broad Street Run tying up many Philadelphia roads, Sandberg's car service driver took an alternate route to the ballpark from the manager's Center City residence. But the driver missed the exit for the ballpark and wound up at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Instead of returning to I-95, the driver then tried to reach the ballpark via side roads. However, a traffic jam that was caused by the 10-mile race forced Sandberg to exit the car a mile from the ballpark and take to foot.

The only problem was the manager had to cross Broad Street, which was full of runners, in order to reach his destination.

"It was full strength of runners at that point and there were no gaps," Sandberg recounted. "I talked to the policeman and told him I've got to get to the stadium.

"He said, 'Well, if you want to risk it, you can go and kind of get with the runners and then get across.' I actually ran about 50 feet."

Sandberg made it to the ballpark well in advance of the 3:05 start.

BRAVES: RHP Gavin Floyd was activated from the disabled list and is set start Tuesday against the Cardinals as a replacement for RHP Ervin Santana, who has swelling below his right thumb. Santana said he jammed the thumb on an inside pitch from Reds RHP Homer Bailey on April 25.

GIANTS: RHP Matt Cain went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 24 with a cut on his right index finger. RHP Yusmeiro Petit will start in Cain's place tonight.

INDIANS: CF Michael Bourn is sidelined again by a hamstring injury that has lingered for several months. He said he expects to avoid the DL.

METS: OF Eric Young was scratched after being hit below the right eye during pregame batting practice.

REDS: RF Jay Bruce was scratched because of left knee soreness.

ROYALS: LH reliever Tim Collins, out since April 7 with a strained left elbow flexor, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. RHP Aaron Brooks was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

TWINS: 1B Joe Mauer came out after two innings because of muscle spasms in his lower back. He is considered day to day.

Virus knocks out Rockies catcher, backup infielder 05/04/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 10:14pm]

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