DENVER Limping out of the clubhouse Wednesday morning, Dexter Fowler was headed straight home to recline on the couch and ice his bruised left knee.
This unexpected day off couldnt have come at a better time for the Colorado Rockies center fielder.
Fowler left the game Tuesday night after fouling a pitch off his kneecap. He was sore and smarting as he arrived at the ballpark. But Mother Nature did him a big favor.
With a rain and snow mix falling in the area, the game between the New York Mets and Rockies was scrubbed. It will be made up at 3:10 p.m. today.
Crazy weather, Fowler said. Id rather play, but it gives me another day. All Im going to do is sleep and ice this knee. Thats it.
The Mets definitely could use another day to rest and recover as well.
First baseman Ike Davis was scheduled to fly to New York on Wednesday to be examined by team physicians after leaving in the fifth inning the night before with a strained left calf.
Davis was dinged when he stumbled over third baseman David Wrights foot as the two closed in on a popup by the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki.
We didnt really collide that hard. I think I just rolled my ankle or something. At the time there was a lot of pain everywhere, Davis said after New Yorks 4-3 win that included a nearly hour-long rain delay. I actually dont think its going to be that long.
The busiest person on this deserted day at the park may have been Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger. He checked in on Fowler, saying the speedy outfielder was a little better.
Dugger also gave an update on righty Jason Hammel, who took a comebacker off his left calf Tuesday.
Just a little bruised up, Dugger said.
As for the pain right-hander Esmil Rogers experienced while throwing Tuesday, Dugger said he had a mild strain and a little inflammation. Rogers currently is on the 15-day DL with a right back muscle injury.
Well back him off for a few days and build him back up like were doing, Dugger said. Well have to progress as the shoulder allows us to.
The flakes of snow falling around the Mile High City made it feel more like skiing than baseball weather. Highs were expected to reach only around 45 degrees Wednesday, far below the average of 69. Dugger wore a winters jacket into work, while pitcher Franklin Morales wore a stocking cap.
This kind of weather isnt all that unusual for Denver. Spring snowstorms typically pop up, but more so in April than May.
There also was a winter storm warning for the mountains, where nearly a foot of snow was expected to fall.
The weather is supposed to be a little more baseball friendly today, with a little less chance of precipitation and temperatures hovering near the 60s at game time.
We just had a cold, spring storm move across the area, said Dan Leszcynski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. But the weather should improve.
The Rockies are scheduled to throw ace Ubaldo Jimenez, whos still searching for his first win of the year.
Jimenez (0-2) appeared to have his issues sorted out in his start last Friday at San Francisco, giving up two hits and one run over six innings in a no-decision. It was his first quality start of the season.
Jimenez has been tough on the Mets at Coors Field, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
The Mets are slated to send Jonathon Niese (1-4) to the mound. The lefty went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs in his last outing, a 6-3 win over Los Angeles.