Rockies place Vizcaino on 15-day DL

Rockies place Vizcaino on 15-day DL

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday night with a strained right shoulder. The move is retroactive to Friday. Right-hander Ryan Speier was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place on the roster.

Vizcaino made two appearances for the Rockies this spring, and posted a 27.00 ERA as a result of his first outing, when he pitched one-third of an inning Wednesday and allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in the Rockies' second game of the season. He pitched again Thursday, pitching a scoreless inning while allowing a hit and a walk and striking out one.

Vizcaino, 33, is a key offseason acquisition for the Rockies, who signed him as a free agent for two years and $7.5 million. Vizcaino had compiled a 33-25 record with seven saves in 485 career appearances for the A's, Brewers, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Yankees. He made at least 70 appearances in five of the last six seasons. He was expected to be the Rockies' primary right-handed setup man for closer Manual Corpas, with Brian Fuentes handling the setup duties from the left side.

Speier was one of the last two cuts at the end of Spring Training, having posted a 3.27 ERA in 11 spring appearances spanning 11 innings. He allowed two walks while striking out seven.

Speier, 27, has pitched in 42 games for the Rockies in 2005 and 2007, earning a 5-2 record with a 3.80 ERA. He missed all of 2006 while rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He appeared in one game for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this year, earning a save Friday night while throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out one.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.