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Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2009-05-14


Colorado Rockies Roster Report 2009-05-14
--C Chris Iannetta his the third grand slam of his career and his second this season, the other coming May 4 at San Diego. It was the Rockies' third grand slam of the season, coming one night after Ian Stewart hit one.

--INF Ian Stewart, who hit two homers and had five RBIs Tuesday, hit a two-run homer on his first at-bat Wednesday against LHP Mike Hampton. Stewart has hit seven of his 18 career home runs off lefties. All four of his hits on the eight-game homestand that ends Thursday are home runs.

--SS Troy Tulowitzki left Wednesday's game with a left elbow contusion after being hit by a pitch thrown by Astros RHP Alberto Arias, who began his career in the Rockies organization. Tulowitzki, who did not require X-rays, will be re-evaluated Thursday. After the game, he said his left shin hurt more than his elbow. Tulowitzki fouled a ball off his shin.

It was the second time in three games he left with an injury. On Sunday, he left in the ninth after tweaking his left quadriceps, an injury he suffered reaching for an errant throw from RHP Aaron Cook in the ninth.

--Astros 1B Lance Berkman went 2-for-2 against RHP Jason Marquis and is 23-for-45 (.511) against him lifetime, tops among active players with a minimum of 25 at-bats against Marquis.

--1B Todd Helton went 1-for-2 Wednesday, leaving him five hits short of 2,000. Assuming he doesn't have a five-hit game Thursday, Helton has a chance to get his 2,000th hit over the weekend in Pittsburgh. He made his major league debut there Aug. 2, 1991, albeit at Three Rivers Stadium, which is gone, replaced by PNC Park.

Helton is trying to become just the fourth active player to record 2,000 hits with the same team. The others are Yankees SS Derek Jeter, Braves 3B Chipper Jones and OF Garret Anderson, now playing for the Braves after passing the 2,000-hit barrier with the Angels.

--When RF Brad Hawpe and 2B Ian Stewart each drove in five runs Tuesday, it was only the fifth time in club history that two players had five or more RBIs in the same game. Hawpe went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and became just the fifth Rockies player to go 4-for-4 or better with at least five RBIs in a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the others were Andres Galarraga in 1995, Vinny Castilla in 1998, Larry Walker in 2004 and Garrett Atkins in 2007.

Hawpe's five RBI on Tuesday were a career-high. He had driven in four runs in a game nine times, the last being June 7, 2008, against Milwaukee. He tied his career best with four hits, something he has now done six times.

--RHP Ryan Speier, who has been on the disabled list since April 19 with a strained left hamstring, joined high Class A Modesto to begin a rehab assignment. He pitched one scoreless inning Wednesday, allowing one hit and one walk.

--LHP Greg Smith, who came down with left shoulder fatigue late in spring training, was assigned to Class A Modesto. Smith, acquired from Oakland in the Matt Holliday deal, will start games on Thursday and again on May 19.

MEDICAL WATCH:

SS Troy Tulowitzki (left elbow contusion, sore left shin) left the May 13 game. He will be re-evaluated May 14.

INF Jeff Baker (sprained left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27.

LHP Franklin Morales (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 22. He threw a bullpen session May 9.

RHP Ryan Speier (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19. He threw a bullpen session April 27, and he began a rehab assignment with Class A Modesto on May 13.

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. He was throwing in extended spring training in early May, hoping to avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery.

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 Huston Street (closer)

RHP Manuel Corpas

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 Omar Quintanilla

INF/OF Ian Stewart

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Seth Smith

CF Ryan Spilborghs

RF Brad Hawpe

OF Dexter Fowler

OF Matt Murton


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 14, 2009

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