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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH
Right-hander Rafael Betancourt (right groin strain) expects to come off the disabled list Friday, a move that should bring the Rockies bullpen a much-needed lift.
Betancourt threw 37 pitches Tuesday in two simulated innings at Fenway Park, facing Jordan Pacheco and Tyler Colvin and reported no problem with his groin.
"I'm ready to go," Betancourt said. "I feel so much better than I did before I went on the DL. Before, when I came to the park, I was thinking about it all the time. Now it's totally different. I'm ready to help this team win and do my job."
Betancourt, who has been on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1, will get Wednesday and Thursday off and be activated Friday when the Rockies, 5-3 losers to Boson on Wednesday, open a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.
Manager Walt Weiss has said Betancourt will return to his closer's role, although it's possible he might not appear in a save situation in his first outing to ease him back into action.
In Betancourt's absence, Rex Brothers has gone 3-for-3 in save opportunities. In nine June appearances, Brothers has allowed three hits in 8 2/3 scoreless innings, extending his scoreless stretch to 31 appearances covering 29 innings.
"He'll come back to close," Weiss said of Betancourt, who is 11-for-12 in save opportunities with a season-high 3.20 ERA, the result of being scored upon in two of his final three outings before going on the disabled list. "It gives us a little more flexibility with Rex. Preferably the eighth inning, but maybe a situation where we go to him in the seventh"
Betancourt's return will take some of the burden off set-up man Matt Belisle, who has been scored upon in four of his past six outings dating from June 9 and has allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings in that stretch with four walks and one strikeout.
The Rockies' relievers had a 3.00 ERA in April, and a 3.24 ERA in May, and through Tuesday, when the bullpen had to work 5 2/3 innings after Juan Nicasio's poor start, a 4.88 ERA in June.
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Mets (Jeremy Hefner, 2-6, 3.89) at Rockies (Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22)
--RF Michael Cuddyer hit a pair of solo homers Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to 23 games; tying the club record set by current hitting coach Dante Bichette. Cuddyer has also reached base in 42 straight games, also a Rockies' record, and has hit safely in 39 of the 42 games. He is batting .375 with five homers and 16 RBIs during the 23-game streak.
--RHP Roy Oswalt, making his second start with the Rockies, fell to 0-2 Wednesday, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five, giving him 16 in his two starts, and walked one, the only one he's walked in the two games. "Body-wise I feel pretty well," he said. "See how it goes the next one."
--RHP Tyler Chatwood takes a 4-1 record and 2.22 ERA to the mound Thursday when the Rockies host the Mets for a makeup game. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since yielding five (four earned) in his first start of the season. He is 1-0 in two previous starts against the Mets, both in New York. Chatwood is also 7-for-17 at the plate this season.
--RHP Juan Nicasio, hammered by the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night and winless in his last seven starts, is in danger of losing his rotation spot. The Denver Post is reporting Drew Pomeranz could be in line to start in Nicasio's place Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. "We will continue to reassess this situation," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's tough in this league when you don't have consistent fastball command. Juan has a good fastball, but you have to command it up here."
--CF Dexter Fowler missed Wednesday's game in Boston with a sore right wrist. He was 0-for-4 with a walk Tuesday night. Tyler Colvin started in CF Wednesday.
--C Wilin Rosario, who was a designated hitter Wednesday, drove in a run for the third straight game, the third time this season that's happened.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're not going to sit and think about this road trip. We'll show up at Coors tomorrow (a makeup game against the Mets) and try to win that game. The next day we'll do the same thing. We'll just keep grinding along." -- Manager Walt Weiss after a loss Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Edgmer Escalona (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10. He threw 37 pitches to live hitters June 25. He will likely do a minor league rehab when he's ready.
--RHP Rafael Betancourt (right groin strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 1. He threw 37 pitches of live batting practice at Fenway Park June 25 and is slated to come off the list and return as the Colorado closer June 28.
--SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken rib) went on the 15-day disabled list June 14. He is expected to be out until late July.
--LHP Edwar Cabrera (left shoulder impingement) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 14.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
RHP Juan Nicasio
RHP Jhoulys Chacin
RHP Tyler Chatwood
RHP Roy Oswalt
RHP Matt Belisle
LHP Rex Brothers
RHP Wilton Lopez
RHP Adam Ottavino
LHP Josh Outman
RHP Rob Scahill
RHP Manuel Corpas
1B Todd Helton
2B DJ LeMahieu
SS Josh Rutlege
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Jordan Pacheco
INF Jonathan Herrera
LF Carlos Gonzalez
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Michael Cuddyer
OF Tyler Colvin
OF Corey Dickerson