Strained oblique lands Outman on DL

Strained oblique lands Outman on DL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A bout with food poisoning has resulted in an oblique injury for Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list.

"The food poisoning, there was a lot of vomiting and I really believe he strained his oblique," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's been much better over the last couple of days but he hasn't been able to throw. We haven't been able to get him to the mound. So we're just going to err on the side of caution."

Outman, obtained from the Athletics in an offseason trade, was 0-1 with a 5.0 ERA in six appearances, but that included a couple of rough starts, a bout with triceps tendinitis in his throwing arm, and some good relief appearances before the illness.

The Rockies had planned on carrying eight relief pitchers and three starters for Friday night at Houston, then making a move that would allow them to activate veteran starter Jamie Moyer for his start Saturday against the Astros. Tracy said the Rockies instead would activate Moyer before Friday's game.

Another option was to add right-hander Alex White, a starter whom the Rockies converted to the bullpen late in camp to allow him to compete for a season-opening roster spot. White didn't make the team, with his 0-2 record and 6.19 ERA. Tracy said the Rockies are going to use White at Triple-A Colorado Springs as a starter.

The Rockies could call him up as a starter or a reliever if necessary.

"With what it is that we're trying to fix, regular work and logging innings is what's going to help to solve that," Tracy said.