Brothers returns as Torres sent down

Brothers returns as Torres sent down

Brothers returns as Torres sent down
DENVER -- The tuneup for Rockies left-handed setup man Rex Brothers was brief.

Brothers returned to the Rockies for Saturday afternoon's game against the Dodgers, after a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs that lasted just four appearances. With the Rockies, Brothers struggled to a 2-2 record and 5.17 ERA with 21 strikeouts but 12 often-costly walks in 22 appearances.

"When I got there, it was just relaxing my mind, then going back to the basics -- the routines I used to have and going back to things that had worked for me in the past," Brothers said. "I got away from them whenever things were going bad and started pressing."

The Rockies sent down righty Carlos Torres, who gave up three hits and two runs in Friday night's 13-3 victory over the Dodgers. Torres has a 4.50 ERA in four appearances as the Rockies' designated pitcher who comes up from Colorado Springs to help in a pinch.

Brothers, 24, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, possesses a blazing fastball, capable of 97 mph, but was missing the strike zone with it early in counts, and outings unraveled. Brothers showed last year and in some early outings this year that if he is attacking the zone early, the fastball and his slider are enough to make him an effective lefty setup man.

The Rockies could have used Brothers in less-crucial situations and kept him around, but manager Jim Tracy decided it would have been a waste. At Colorado Springs, Brothers struck out 13 and walked three in 5 1/3 innings and has been restored to his important role.

"If [the Dodgers' Andre] Ethier needs to be gotten out today, we'll find out," Tracy said. "I won't be shy."