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Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-13

Colorado Rockies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-13
--Rockies owner Dick Monfort said manager Clint Hurdle, who is coming under more criticism with the team off to an 11-17 start, will not be fired before the Rockies begin a 10-game trip Friday.

"To say he would be (fired after this homestand) would be inaccurate," Monfort said. "If you make the change, what is going to be better? And we are not going to make change for change's sake. If I felt it was going to make the difference in winning more games, we would do something. But I just don't think that's the case right now."

--The Rockies on Tuesday began a stretch of 16 consecutive days before their next scheduled off day May 28. They will then play 17 consecutive days before an off day June 15, meaning they are playing 33 games in 34 days.

--1B Todd Helton is six hits away from 2,000 after going 1-for-3 Tuesday and hitting his fourth homer of the season. Helton (1,994) and Brewers C Jason Kendall (1,997) are both approaching the 2,000-hit milestone. If Kendall gets there first, Helton would become the 256th player to get there.

Coming off September back surgery, Helton is showing great range on defense. He didn't lunge or dive for balls in spring training. He's doing it often now that the games count and not having second thoughts about his back.

"When I'm out there playing a game, I'm going to try to get to every ball I can," Helton said. "At this point, if you hurt it, you hurt it, but you have to play all out. If there are second thoughts, you aren't going to get to those balls."

--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 on Sunday. He had been rehabilitating at the extended spring camp in Tucson, Ariz., 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 NL 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.

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 13, 2009

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