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Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2009-04-28


Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2009-04-28
2B Clint Barmes had no walks in his first 49 plate appearances, hardly a surprise since he walked 17 times in 417 plate appearances last year. But Barmes gives the Rockies some punch batting eighth, having opened the season 13-for-48 with four doubles, three homers and seven RBI. Todd Helton has played in 15 of the first 16 games and started 14 of them. But the power stroke he showed in spring training has been missing. He began the season 14-for-55 with two doubles and one homer. Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Iannetta, two young players the Rockies hoped would show improvement, are trying to dig their way out of huge holes. Tulowitzki got off to a 9-for-54 start, and Iannetta was 5-for-39.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RF Brad Hawpe left Monday's game with a possible concussion in the sixth and was taken to a Denver hospital for evaluation. While trying to return to second base, Hawpe was hit in the right side of the neck by catcher Nick Hundley's throw. Emergency personnel stabilized Hawpe's neck. He got up and walked to a vehicle and rode off the field.

--CF Dexter Fowler's five stolen bases tied Willy Taveras from a year ago for second most in a game by a Rockies player. Eric Young had six stolen bases against the Dodgers on June 30, 1996. Taveras stole five bases June 14, 2008 at Chicago against the White Sox. Fowler, who entered the game with four stolen bases, tied the modern rookie record of five steals in a game. It was most recently accomplished by Damian Jackson of the Padres against the Rockies on June 28, 1999.

--RHP Jason Grilli was awarded the victory in a scorer's decision, since starter Jason Hammel failed to work five innings. LHP Glendon Rusch relieved Hammel and worked 2 2/3 innings and retired six straight at one point but allowed two runs on Adrian Gonzalez's double in the sixth before departing. Grilli, who relieved Rusch with the Rockies leading 10-7, retired the four batters he faced, three on strikeouts. Grilli is the second Rockies reliever to earn a victory. Matt Belisle was the winning pitcher April 21 at Arizona, where he retired the five batters he faced.

--RHP Jason Hammel threw 78 pitches in three-plus innings, making his first start since April 29, 2008, at Baltimore with the Rays and ending a string of 38 consecutive relief appearances.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RF Brad Hawpe (possible concussion) was taken to a hospital April 27 after being hit in the neck by a throw. His condition was not immediately known, but he was able to get up and walk under his own power.

LHP Franklin Morales (strained left lat) went on the 15-day disabled list April 22.

RHP Ryan Speier (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19.

RHP Taylor Buchholz (partial tear in right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 22. The Rockies are being very cautious with Buchholz, trying to make sure the partial tear doesn't become a full-blown one and require Tommy John surgery that would sideline Buchholz for about a year.

LHP Jeff Francis (left shoulder surgery in February 2009) went on the 60-day disabled list April 5. He likely will miss the entire season. Recovery time ranges from six to 12 months, meaning it's possible Francis could pitch in September but not very likely.

ROTATION:

RHP Aaron Cook

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

RHP Jason Marquis

LHP Jorge De La Rosa

RHP Jason Hammel

BULLPEN:

RHP Manuel Corpas (closer)

RHP Huston Street

LHP Alan Embree

LHP Glendon Rusch

RHP Jason Grilli

RHP Matt Belisle

RHP Matt Daley

CATCHERS:

Chris Iannetta

Yorvit Torrealba

INFIELDERS:

1B Todd Helton

2B Clint Barmes

SS Troy Tulowitzki

3B Garrett Atkins

INF/OF Jeff Baker

INF Omar Quintanilla

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Seth Smith

CF Ryan Spilborghs

RF Brad Hawpe

OF Dexter Fowler

OF/INF Ian Stewart


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 28, 2009

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