Rockies plan on Ian Desmond (hand) returning next month

Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to join the active roster before the end of April, manager Bud Black confirmed Thursday.

What It Means:

Desmond fractured a bone in his left hand during Cactus League action last Sunday, but everything fortunately went well during surgery on Wednesday. The 31-year-old outfielder cashed in with Colorado this offseason after mashing 22 taters with 86 RBI's across 677 plate appearances for the Texas Rangers in 2016.

Desmond is expected to bat .275 with 21 home runs, 65 RBI's and 12 stolen bases across 523 plate appearances in 2017, according to numberFire's metrics.