Wells done worrying about role

Wells done worrying about role

ST. LOUIS -- At least right-hander Kip Wells believes he has shown the Rockies he is capable of being a starter.

Wells expressed disappointment when he was told he'd pitch out of the bullpen with two outings left in Spring Training. But Monday's rainout opened the door for him to start at least one game, and he held the Cardinals to one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of the Rockies' 2-1 victory in Tuesday night's opener.

On Wednesday, he said he will prepare to move to the bullpen and not try to expend energy wondering if he planted anything in the Rockies' minds.

"Honestly, to try to validate anything at this point is kind of out of my hands," Wells said. "I came into camp to earn a spot and get prepared for the season, and I felt that for the most part was accomplished. I could've pitched better, obviously. Regardless, I feel good about where I'm at right now.

"To try to get some kind of information that's not attainable is pointless. I'm going to do the job they ask me to do. Obviously, I'd like to start but I don't want to do it at the expense of other factors. It doesn't do me much good to sit here and bark at the fence."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said Wells will be available to pitch out of the bullpen on Saturday.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.