Rox looking for options to patch rotation's holes

Rox looking for options to patch rotation's holes

Rox looking for options to patch rotation's holes
DENVER -- The best case scenario for Jeremy Guthrie's return is off the table after manager Jim Tracy heard reports of his Friday bullpen session. Guthrie is recovering from an injured right shoulder that absorbed the impact of a cycling accident a week ago Friday.

"Jeremy Guthrie was still somewhat tentative in his bullpen session yesterday," Tracy said on Saturday. "He was scheduled to throw to hitters today on the premise that if everything went well, he would take the start on Tuesday in San Diego. He is not going to make that start."

Without Guthrie, the Rockies' Opening Day starter, and Jhoulys Chacin, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, the Rockies are searching for two starters to add to their rotation in time for Tuesday and Wednesday's games in San Diego. The Rockies sent Guillermo Moscoso back to Colorado Springs after a disappointing two starts in place of Guthrie.

Carlos Torres is already with the club as the corresponding move to Chacin's demotion, and he is a likely option for one of the Rockies' open slots. He was scheduled to start on Thursday in Colorado Springs, but missed that start and is available as soon as the Rockies need him. Torres was 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA and has pitched 25 innings over the course of five starts. Rockies starters have averaged just over five innings per start so far.

"Does [the lack of length from starters] grate on you a little bit? I'd be remiss if I said it doesn't," Tracy said of the situation. "We'll continue to work at this and get to the point where we get the group of people that are going to give us the consistent innings. For me, it's very safe to say that we've got a pretty good ballclub here if we can get to the point."

Other prospects in the Sky Sox rotation include left-hander Christian Friedrich (2-1, 3.00 ERA, 30 innings in five starts), the Rockies' first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft; righty Rob Scahill (3-3, 6.00, 30 innings in six starts); right-hander Alex White (1-3, 2.92, 24 2/3 innings over five starts), and Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 3.48, 10 1/3 innings over three starts), who was sent down from the Rockies bullpen to build arm strength as a starter.

Friedrich is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday for the Sky Sox, which, paired with his success so far and his ability to average six innings per start, could make him a logical starter on Wednesday with Torres potentially taking the mound on Tuesday. He is recovering from a hamstring injury, and threw 75 pitches over 5 2/3 innings on Friday night after throwing five innings in his other start following the injury.

White was scheduled to start on Sunday, but the Sky Sox announced on Saturday evening that Edgar Gonzalez would be starting instead, a likely indicator that White is getting strong consideration to start Tuesday or Wednesday for the Rockies.

"They all are in play," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said of the possible pitchers. "We haven't made a final decision. We just wanted as many options as possible."