Colorado Rockies Roster 2012: Casey Blake Appears Unlikely To Make Opening Day Squad

The Colorado Rockies signed Casey Blake during the offseason as a potential starting third baseman for the 2012 season, a stopgap until Nolan Arenado became ready for the jump to the majors. That is now looking more unlikely by the day, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck.

Renck believes that Blake's health and $2 million guaranteed salary if he makes the roster will prove too much for the Rockies to keep the third baseman on the team. He had neck surgery to complete an injury-plagued 2011, and he hasn't hit well during spring training, for what it is worth (.150/.190/.300, 1 HR).

Chris Nelson and Jordan Pacheco have been playing third base for the Rockies and are likely to form a combo at the hot corner during the season.

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