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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-12

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-12
--RHP Taylor Buchholz, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right elbow he injured in spring training, rejoined the Rockies Sunday. He had been rehabilitating at the extended spring camp in Tucson, where he has thrown three bullpen sessions of 30-35 pitches, limited only to fastballs. Buchholz said he has thrown his curveball while playing catch. He hasn't thrown it hard but has made good progress. Buchholz, who was one of the best set-up men in the N.L. last year, might begin throwing simulated games by the end of the month but was unsure of any timeline for when he might rejoin the Rockies.

--The Rockies have used 27 different lineups in 30 games.

--The Rockies have not gone more than one game without a home run. They have played 29 games and are tied for second in the National League with 40 homers.

--1B Todd Helton's triple in his first at-bat Sunday was his first triple since June 5, 2007, when he tripled twice against the Astros. Helton, who is seven hits shy of 2,000, had his 11-game hitting streak end May 9. But in his past seven games, Helton is 11-for-27 with three doubles, a triple and a home run.

--When the Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the first inning Sunday, it was their first lead since May 6, when they beat the Giants 11-1 and ended a stretch of 27 innings without a lead.

--The Rockies could benefit from Dodgers LF Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug program, but manager Clint Hurdle didn't see it as a happy event.

"The sad part is that for whatever reason, there are individuals who don't get it," Hurdle said. "It's sad to me as an ex-player and coach and now as a manager, there are so many guys who are clean and they are thrown under a black cloud. It's even sadder to me as a parent who has a daughter who relies on human growth hormones to have people not understand the impact and value."

Hurdle's daughter, Madison, who turns 7 in August, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can create low muscle tone, developmental delays, morbid obesity, cognitive disabilities and behavior problems.

BY THE NUMBERS: 54 -- Career wins for RHP Aaron Cook, who had been tied for second place in franchise history with Pedro Astacio and now needs four victories to reach 58 and tie Jason Jennings for the most Rockies wins all-time.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I sleep in it a lot. Until I have to (use the bathroom). And then I get up. It definitely takes away from of the soreness. It definitely doesn't hurt. And I do anything I can to help." -- 1B Todd Helton, 35, on the hyperbaric chamber he has been using since his back surgery in late September.

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Added: May 12, 2009

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