Two days removed from being hit on the left forearm by a pitch from the Cubs Cole Hamels, Nolan Arenado was out of the starting lineup Friday night against the Padres.
That doesn't mean he was hurt more than the Rockies let on, when he did return to the lineup in Thrusday's series' opening win against the Padres.
And it doesn't mean he won't show up in a crucial situation late in the game on Friday night.
What it means is manager Bud Black is true to his word of the spring -- looking for days to give players, even the elite players, a chance to catch a break.
"He's going to get a day here or there," said Black. "He's built to play. (Friday night) he's not going to start, but there will be a chance he gets in as the night goes on."
Pressed on any particular health issues Arenado faces, Black said, "he's a little sore from the hit by pitch. He's a little sore from the foul ball off his ankle It's more about giving him a night off."
The numbers say it could be good time. Even with his 1-for-4 effort on Thursday night, he has only five hits in his last 26 at-bats -- four in 22 at-bats prior to being hit by the pitch.