DENVER -- With the Braves in town, third baseman Nolan Arenado has been forced to watch the Rockies lose two of their first three to the team he fractured his left middle finger against nearly three weeks ago.
But it's the series that preceded and the series that's coming that has him most dismayed to miss.
"I was more upset about the Dodgers series than anything," said Arenado. "We're going to [San Francisco] for a weekend series, and that's a series I really want to be in."
Arenado won't be ready though, as his finger will not be reevaluated until the Rockies return from their six-game road trip on June 19. If Arenado's X-rays show the finger to be healed at that point, the Rockies will accelerate his rehabilitation, with a Minor League rehab assignment still in play.
At the moment, Arenado has no complaints about how his finger is progressing.
"I think it's healing great," said Arenado. "It's feeling better, I'm starting to move it a little bit and it doesn't hurt. There's no pain anymore."
Arenado was given a 4-6 week timetable after it was determined his finger wouldn't require surgery. As of late, the high-energy National League Gold Glove Award winner has been running, lifting, throwing, participating in agility drills as well as some top-hand hitting drills.
"I see him running around the field," said manager Walt Weiss. "He's getting fairly close."
Weiss finds day for Tulo, rests shortstop before trip
DENVER -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss has had Thursday circled as an off-day for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki since the homestand began. But when the time came, he had to combat the urge to second-guess himself.
"A lot of times when you actually get to the day, you want to change your mind, but I try to fight against that," said Weiss. Weiss ultimately stuck to his wits, with the Rockies set to begin a six-game divisional road trip against the Giants and Dodgers on Friday. Weiss knew that if Tulowitzki didn't sit Thursday, he wouldn't get another rest day until the Rockies' next day off on June 19.
"We've been on the same page," said Weiss. "He wants to be out there every day, especially now that he's healthy. It's my responsibility to take care of him."
Tulowitzki, the National League's leading All-Star vote-getter, has been exceptionally healthy this season after battling injuries throughout his nine-year Major League career. Weiss, a former Major League shortstop who dealt with leg injuries later in his career, says Tulowitzki has been receptive to his maintenance program.
"Tulo has definitely bought into that concept," said Weiss. "He has been very mature about it."
Weiss last rested Tulowitzki on May 28 against the Phillies, six games into their nine-game road trip. Tulowitzki ended up pinch-hitting for right-hander Matt Belisle in the seventh and remained in the 2-2 game for defensive purposes. Weiss said Tulowitzki would be available for the same purposes Thursday, but he'd prefer not to do that again.
"Ideally, we go out and win by seven, Tulo gets to cheer for nine innings then we get on a plane," said Weiss.
Rox go above slot to sign sixth-rounder George
COLORADO -- The Rockies were able to persuade local shortstop and sixth-round Draft pick Max George to forego college and sign a bonus Thursday, MLB.com has learned. And all it took was a little extra cash.
George had already signed his letter of intent with Oregon State, but the Rockies' offer of $620,000, well above his slot value of $259,200, proved to be too much to turn down.
The Rockies were able to accomplish this after saving money on left-hander Kyle Freeland, their eighth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Despite his slot value of $3,190,800, the Denver native signed for $2.3 million following some health concerns stemming from his high school medical reports.
Ryan Castellani, the No. 48 overall pick in the Draft, is also close to signing for his slot value of $1,158,000, according to a Major League source. The right-hander registered 55 strikeouts in 50 innings during his senior year at Brophy Prep in Arizona.
George hit .458 with three home runs and 24 RBIs while leading Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School to the final round of the Class 5A Championship Series. The Raiders lost there, but that didn't stop George from being named Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year.
This past year was George's first full season playing shortstop. For most of his career, George has been a second baseman, a position he played next to Brody Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss, at Regis Jesuit two seasons ago. Weiss also coached George for one season at Regis Jesuit before being hired by the Rockies.
Rockies lose Pacheco to D-backs on waivers
DENVER -- The Rockies had their fingers crossed that they'd be able to hold onto catcher Jordan Pacheco when they designated him for assignment eight days ago.
On Thursday, the rival D-backs squashed that dream by claiming Pacheco, two days before he was set to clear waivers.
Pacheco was first shuffled away to make room for right-hander Eddie Butler on the 40-man roster. The catcher was hitting .236 with eight RBIs in 72 at-bats this season, as he struggled to find playing time behind Wilin Rosario.
Beyond playing behind the plate, the Rockies had tinkered with Pacheco at first, second and third base since he led all National League rookies with a batting average of .309 in 2012.
The D-backs will be hoping Pacheco can rediscover the stroke from his breakout campaign, and they could experiment with him at either corner-outfield position. The D-backs designated first baseman Nick Evans for assignment in a corresponding move.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.