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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-05-29

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2008-05-29
Struggling left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, as expected, was pulled from the rotation and won't make his next scheduled start Saturday at Chicago.

Manager Clint Hurdle didn't name a replacement, but it's expected to be LHP Glendon Rusch, who has allowed one run in 11 innings in two starts at Class AAA Colorado Springs and last pitched Sunday. Rusch, an 11-year major league veteran, began the season with San Diego but signed a minor league deal with the Rockies after being released.

De La Rosa showed a live arm, but the command and control issues that have plagued him throughout his career resurfaced. He went 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts and allowed 41 baserunners in 23 innings.

"I understand, I just want to do what I can to help the team," said De La Rosa, who was acquired from Kansas City on April 30 to complete the March 26 deal that sent reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Royals.

In Monday's 20-5 loss at Philadelphia, the Rockies staked De La Rosa to a quick lead when Ryan Spilborghs hit a three-run homer in the first. But he De La Rosa promptly walked Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino in the bottom of the inning before giving up a three-run homer to Chase Utley.

"I think Jorge understands the lay of the land, that he had five starts and his ERA is 9.00," Hurdle said. "There is work to do. What I have tried to do with starters in the past who have been inconsistent is getting them in the bullpen where they get repeated reps but less volume."

PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 1: Greg Reynolds issued eight walks, one of them intentional, and gave up five runs in the fifth inning on three walks and a three-run homer by Chase Utley and a two-run shot by Geoff Jenkins. The eight walks were the most issued by a Rockies pitcher since Shawn Chacon walked nine on May 7, 2005, at Florida.

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