May 16, 2014 Updated: May 16, 2014 at 11:52 pm
Wilin Rosario spent two weeks battling a viral infection that zapped him of 12 pounds.
"You don't want to write about what I was going through," he said.
The Rockies catcher is nearly back, making his first rehab appearance in his debut with the Sky Sox and helping the team to a 7-5 victory over New Orleans in front of a fireworks Friday crowd of 5,340.
"It's hard to come back to where I was at before," Rosario said. "But I felt normal and like I could play how I play. The pitchers pitched well and they followed me."
With Rosario behind the plate, Pedro Hernandez threw six one-run innings before handing it over to a shaky-but-effective bullpen.
"He's 100 percent healthy," said Sky Sox manager Glenallen Hill. "He had good energy behind the plate and no issues."
Rosario went 1 for 4 with a single and a strikeout, but he did not contribute to any Colorado Springs scoring rallies. That's OK, the Zephyrs were all too willing to lend a hand.
Ben Paulsen scored the first run for the Sky Sox after reaching on a strikeout. Tim Wheeler scored from first on a Jason Pridie bunt that led to a throwing error. Two more runs came across after an error by the third baseman.
Only three of the Sky Sox's seven runs were earned.
Another run came via a squeeze. Another from a Pridie home run.
This was not station-to-station baseball by any means. But for Rosario, it felt good just to be playing after fighting an infection that included a sustained fever over 103 degrees.
Most big leaguers pass through Colorado Springs while rehabbing a specific injury. In this case, Rosario just needs to make sure his stamina and energy have returned. He'll know more after playing a second game on Saturday. Reports from MLB.com say the Rockies expect to activate him from the disabled list on Sunday.
"I'll play again and we'll see after that," he said. "I don't feel to much different."
MLB.com reports that Michael Cuddyer will likely play a rehab game in Colorado Springs on Sunday and be activated by the Rockies on Tuesday. ... Kyle Parker's 11-game hitting streak ended for the Sky Sox.