Rockies' Garner Experiences Medical Mystery In Winter Ball





DENVER—The Rockies invited outfielder Cole Garner to their one-week medical mini-camp in January at Coors Field, more just to see him after his misadventures in winter ball.

Garner, 26, is on the 40-man roster for the first time after hitting .304/.374/.520 in 111 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs with 13 homers and 61 RBIs.

He missed the start of the season after straining his right quadriceps muscle in the final spring training game.

He sustained the same injury just before Thanksgiving in the Dominican Republic while starting both ends of a doubleheader for Gigantes del Cibao his second day with the team.

Had the injury occurred during the regular season, Garner said he could've tried playing through it. But in winter ball, Garner said, "I didn't want to risk hurting it bad."

When Garner was taken out of his fifth and what proved to be his final game, he was 4-for-12 with one double and two runs scored.

On the day Garner was supposed to run at 100 percent and do drills to test his leg and maybe play if all went well, he returned home from a road trip at about 4:30 a.m.

"I was sleeping on the bus. I felt fine," Garner said. "About 6 a.m., I woke up because I was shivering. I was shaking violently. I couldn't even sit up or stand up because I was shaking so much."

Several days later, Garner played catch, thought the worst had passed but "that night, same thing—shaking."

Twelve pounds lighter, he soon flew home to Los Angeles and went straight to a hospital to receive fluids.

"I'm just glad I'll be able to be healthy and be in the best shape and condition I can be in going into spring," Garner said.

ROCKY ROADS

• Catchers Wilin Rosario and Will Swanner, lefthanders Christian Friedrich and  Isaiah Froneberger, righthander Albert Campos, outfielders Brian Rike and Kent Matthes and first baseman Kiel Roling will also attend the medical mini-camp.

• Outfielder Kyle Parker sustained broken ribs playing quarterback for Clemson in the team's bowl game. A 2010 first-round pick who returned to school to play football, Parker will be sidelined eight weeks but should be ready when minor league position players report to spring training March 11. He's expected to begin his career at low Class A.