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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-05

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-05
Reliever Manuel Corpas avoided a demotion to Class AAA Colorado Springs -- for now. Corpas is 0-3 with a 6.75 in 12 games, has taken the loss in each of his past two outings and has been scored upon in four of his last five and five of his last seven outings.

In the process, Corpas, who took over as the closer in the second week of the season, officially lost that job May 1, and his roster spot seems to be growing tenuous.

Manager Clint Hurdle showed his frustration with Corpas after he gave up a leadoff walk in the 10th inning Sunday and a one-out single that gave the Giants a 1-0 win.

"Everything that can be said to Manny has been said, everything," Hurdle said. "He's well aware of what he needs to do. We have laid it out in black and white. He's had a month and a half of good pitching in the last seven months in the big leagues. We need better than that for him to stay here. He's well aware of that."

On Monday, Hurdle was less critical of Corpas, saying he has worked hard on making adjustments and that he has thrown very well in the bullpen.

"It's transferring it into the game," Hurdle said, "and we've had multiple conversations. We've coached him up, encouraged him on the value and significance of the role he has now. He's been there. He's done it. He can see it from a closer's mentality. We're at the point where we're going to have to find him a game here or there where we're up or down a little bit where we remove him from the flame a little bit."

Corpas, 26, is in the second year of a four-year, $8.025 million contract that includes salaries of $750,000 this year, $2.75 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011.

The Rockies will likely make a roster move later in the week to activate reliever Ryan Speier (left hamstring), who threw 40 pitches in a simulated game Monday at San Diego, and will go out on a rehab assignment.

ROCKIES 9, PADRES 6: Chris Iannetta hit a grand slam with one out in the seventh, wiping out the Padres' 6-5 lead. Four relievers each worked a scoreless inning and allowed one combined hit as they picked up the slack from LHP Jorge De La Rosa, who allowed three hits in five innings but was his own worst enemy. He gave up a walk and single to start the third and threw the ball away on a bunt, an error that led to three runs. And in the fifth, De La Rosa gave up two walks, followed by a three-run homer to Scott Hairston.

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