DENVER -- The Rockies' bullpen by most definitions has been overworked, but at least that's not reflected in the numbers.The Rockies entered Monday night's game against the Padres having thrown 36 relief innings, an average of four per game. Yet, relievers had held opponents to a .219 batting average and issued just 10 walks, fourth-fewest in the National League and eighth-fewest in the Majors. The bullpen had a 3-1 record and was 3-for-5 in save opportunities. "They've pitched a little bit more than you would have liked to have seen them pitch, but I can't say enough about the job that they've done," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "When you have a big facet of your club, namely your starting pitching, that six of the nine games that we've pitched less than five innings, we've done a terrific job of keeping ourselves afloat when it could've been much different." "Our bullpen has done a tremendous job -- not a good job, a tremendous job."
CarGo feeling better, uncertain for Tuesday
DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez found the positive in Saturday night, despite feeling his worst and unable to play against the D-backs because of step throat. He was supposed to be resting. Instead, he was cheering, as much as he could, when Todd Helton parked his two-run, game-winning homer in the ninth."I was really sick, but I was happy when Todd hit the home run," Gonzalez said. "I couldn't sleep, so I watched every bit of the game. But at the same time, I was happy I did not play in that game. There was a lot of rain. If I'd have played in that game, I might be dead, the way I was feeling." Gonzalez, who wasn't at the park for Sunday's game against the D-backs, showed up with his mother for a Monday afternoon photo shoot and did pregame activities before Monday night's game against the Padres. He said he would be available as a pinch-hitter, and hoped to start Tuesday night. "I feel better than the past three days," said Gonzalez, who went 2-for-5 while playing through illness Friday night against the D-backs. "I had soreness in my joints and in my throat. I didn't have the fever last night. Hopefully, I can continue to get better and be ready to play again. "I think this was the first time I've ever had an infection this bad in my throat. I've been sick with fever, a little bit of cold or whatever, but not like this, not being able to sleep, rest or eat anything. It makes you feel the worst." Following Monday's 7-1 loss, manager Jim Tracy said CarGo was still "weak" and was unsure if he would be in the lineup. When he returns to action, he'll be trying to extend a hit streak of three games during which he is 6-for-14 (.429) with two triples, four RBIs and six runs.
Dominican Academy bolsters operations
DENVER -- The Rockies invested in their Latin American future on Saturday when they broke ground on a new complex for their Dominican Republic Academy in Jubey, Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. It will open in the summer of 2013.The academy will house about 80 players and the Rockies' Latin American operations, including a Dominican Summer League team, and will consist of two buildings. The complex will have a full clubhouse, administrative offices, dormitory-style rooms for players, living quarters for staff, a training room and weight room, cafeteria, entertainment room, computer room and a classroom. There also will be two full-sized fields, a half-field, batting cages and pitching mounds. "Saturday was a very exciting day for the Colorado Rockies," Rockies vice president of scouting and player development and assistant general manager Bill Geivett said. "We have always had a strong presence in Latin America, but our new academy will greatly benefit our staff and young players not only in their baseball pursuits, but in language and education as well." Also at the groundbreaking were Hal Roth, executive vice president-CFO and general counsel, Rolando Fernandez, director of international scouting, and Tom Probst, senior director of medical operations and special projects, Edison Lora, Rockies Latin American field coordinator, Jhonathan Leyba, manager of Dominican Republic operations, and Ana Espinal, complex coordinator, as well as several players on the club's Dominican Summer League team.
Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman (strained right oblique) threw a 30-pitch bullpen and "turned it loose, felt good," according to manager Jim Tracy. Outman is eligible to be reinstated, but still needs work. Outman will throw another bullpen session on Wednesday, and "live" batting practice on Saturday. Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa (Tommy John surgery) threw a four-inning, 60-pitch simulated game on Monday. Infielder Hector Gomez, a longtime presence on prospect lists but also a longtime member of the disabled list, is doing "striders" and fielding ground balls. He suffered a severe groin strain early in Spring Training.
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