DENVER -- Rockies righty Alex White has earned another start. White held the Cardinals scoreless through five inning and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 during the Rockies' 8-2 victory on Thursday night. Although White, who was making his return from a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, didn't figure in the decision, he threw well enough to remain in the Rockies' rotation plans. The issue is the Rockies have five starters but are using four in a paired-pitching system. White was up because left-hander Christian Friedrich was pushed back to Sunday. Only unexpected soreness after Friedrich's bullpen session on Friday forced the Rockies not to use him on Sunday.
Also in the rotation are lefty Jeff Francis, the team's best pitcher by far since signing with the club in early June, lefty Drew Pomeranz and Friday's starter against the Giants, lefty Jonathan Sanchez. It was a big start for Sanchez, who struggled in two starts since joining the Rockies in a trade with the Royals. "Rest assured of the fact we're going to figure something out -- he's staying, we're not sending him back," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. The Rockies also soon will be re-inserting righty Jhoulys Chacin into the rotation. Chacin has two more scheduled Minor League starts as he rehabs a chest nerve injury. The club could be creative with the starters as the season draws toward an end. Pomeranz is in just his second pro season and the club is keeping an eye on his innings, and the Rockies want Friedrich to get over a pattern of suffering injuries this time of year. There is no hard-and-fast innings limit for either pitcher.