ST. LOUIS -- The Rockies optioned left-hander Josh Outman to the Minors on Wednesday with instructions to develop the command that could make his overpowering stuff work. A lack of command has worked against Outman (0-3, 9.00 ERA) in his seven starts, the most recent a two-inning, five-walk struggle against the Cardinals on Monday night. Because there is an opportunity for him to pitch on Friday, he will go to Double-A Tulsa, and presumably will be fit into the Triple-A Colorado Springs rotation once the schedule allows. "The message was very simple: The stuff that he possesses, let's do what we have to do to get it over the plate more consistently than he has done from the time that we inserted him and had him start some games," manager Jim Tracy said. "If he embraces that and does that as we move forward, we'll have a very good left-handed arm on our hands, but what we're dealing with is not going to work."
Outman, 27, missed the first month and a half of the season with a strained right oblique and encouraged the Rockies with his work as a left-handed situational reliever before being placed in the rotation. Tracy said that whether Outman returns as a starter or a reliever, the assignment is the same. "I can't live with sitting here making decisions on back-end relievers where I'm not sure if we're going to throw the ball over the plate," Tracy said. The Rockies also recalled right-hander Carlos Torres from Colorado Springs for the fourth time this season. Torres is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA with five walks and four strikeouts in six innings over four games with the Rockies.