DENVER -- Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman, on a rehab assignment for a right oblique strain, threw a perfect inning and struck out one for Triple-A Colorado Springs in its 5-2 victory at Sacramento on Monday night. He had a similarly successful outing Saturday for Class A Modesto.
Outman suffered the injury late in Spring Training, after finding out he had made the team. He came down with food poisoning, but suffered the injury vomiting. Outman had stopped at Denny's for a late breakfast the morning he made the team.
"I don't know what I could have done to prevent this other than not eating at Denny's," Outman told the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
"I hadn't broken camp with a Major League club since 2009, and I found out four hours before I went to the hospital that I had made the big club," Outman said in the article. "The reality is that this story was going to stay hush-hush, but [Rockies manager] Jim Tracy is an honest man and he gave the details when the reporters asked him. I'm sure Denny's won't be calling me anytime soon to do an ad."
Tracy said Outman would have to pitch on consecutive days, and would need "some length" since the Rockies want to be able to use him as a specialist or to pitch multiple innings.