Outman close to being activated

Outman close to being activated

SAN DIEGO -- Rockies lefty reliever Josh Outman threw his fastball from 91-95 mph, with most of them in the 93-94-mph range, during a rehab outing for Double-A Tulsa on Sunday. He was slated to throw on Monday before the Rockies make a decision about activating him.

Outman, who was acquired in a trade with the Athletics over the winter, suffered a strained right oblique at the end of Spring Training.

The Rockies hope Outman, who went 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 games of starting and relief duty for the Athletics last year, will help the bullpen as both a lefty specialist and as someone who can work longer stints.

With Outman close to being activated and the team calling up starters Alex White and Christian Friedrich, several pitching-staff decisions will be made soon. But one callup who might get a longer look is righty Carlos Torres, who threw two perfect innings with one strikeout during a weekend series with the Braves, manager Jim Tracy said.