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Rockies without services of Corpas, Barmes

Rockies without services of Corpas, Barmes

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DENVER -- The Rockies are in a position to make a push in the National League Wild Card race thanks largely in part to second baseman Clint Barmes and reliever Manuel Corpas.

Now, they'll be without Barmes for the weekend series against the Dodgers and without Corpas for even longer.

The club placed Barmes on the bereavement list Friday as the infielder traveled home to Indiana to spend time with his sick father. Corpas, who was removed in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.

In July 2009, Corpas was shut down for the entire season to have bone spurs removed from his right elbow. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Corpas will seek a second opinion on Tuesday from Dr. Lewis Yocum.

"It's going to take a while," Tracy said. "Is it going to take the rest of the year? I won't say no, but I won't say yes, either."

Corpas, who surrendered four hits, three runs and a homer in 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday, has more appearances than any Rockies pitcher since 2006.

"You have to have a 'staff saver-type guy' in the 'pen," Tracy said. "And that's exactly who Manny Corpas has been for the Colorado Rockies."

Barmes is expected to rejoin the club Monday in San Francisco.

"The message was very clear to him from both myself and [general manager Dan O'Dowd]," Tracy said. "You take what you need. You only get one, so you take what you need."

The Rockies called up relievers Samuel Deduno and Franklin Morales from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the roster spots of the two players.

Tracy also said reliever Rafael Betancourt, who is nursing an abdominal sprain and was to play catch before Friday's game, is feeling much better and could be available for the series opener. Pitchers Jeff Francis and Matt Daley also threw bullpen sessions Friday.

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