DENVER -- Left-hander Edwar Cabrera hadn't pitched above Double-A, his best pitch is a changeup, and he's in the early stages of developing a breaking ball, so maybe starting Wednesday for the Rockies was a stretch. So after watching Cabrera give up seven runs, five earned, and three home runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Nationals on Wednesday night, the Rockies optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. "He's done what he needs to do at the Double-A level [at Tulsa], so we sent him to Colorado Springs to involve himself there and we hope to move along his progress," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "My conversation with him simply involved making sure he uses what took place [Wednesday] as a complete learning experience, don't put too much weight on it at all, don't shoulder any type of burden or feel like you let yourself down or the opinion of how we view you has changed.
"Quite the contrary. Just gravitate to the fact that it was a wonderful learning experience, and the importance of commanding and making pitches. Now take it to Triple-A, where the challenge would be a little bit greater than what it was when he was pitching at Tulsa." Cabrera was 8-4 with a 2.94 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 98 innings at Tulsa.