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Cassevah slated for simulated game Friday


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies newest acquisition is getting used to the Colorado clubhouse as he eases into the Rockies pitching plan. Bobby Cassevah threw a bullpen session Monday and is slated for a simulated game Friday.

"I'll get used to it," Cassevah said of his new environment after spending the first nine years of his professional career in the Angels organization. "I enjoyed my time with the Angels, I love everybody over there, but I felt like it was a better position for me to come over here."

The Angels outrighted the 27-year-old right-hander on Friday, and after he declined an assignment to Triple-A, the Rockies signed the sinkerballer to a Minor League contract. He made 50 relief appearances in parts of three big league seasons, and boasts a 65.9 percent ground-ball ratio, a figure that bodes well for pitching in Coors Field.

"I really rely on my sinker; that's my best pitch," Cassevah said. "I just try to throw down the middle and get easy ground balls early in the counts."

Though his big league experience has all been out of the 'pen, he went down to the Arizona Fall League after last season and made six starts, posting a 3.13 ERA while yielding eight walks against 18 strikeouts in 23 innings. He's not wedded to a role in the rotation or as a reliever, but he's confident he can fill either.

"[The Rockies expect me to] just go in there and compete for a spot, whether it be in the bullpen or competing for a starting job," Cassevah said. "I hope to get stretched out and compete for a spot no matter where it is."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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