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Escalona vying for job in Rockies' bullpen


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies right-hander Edgmer Escalona, out of Minor League options, is making progress in an effort to forge a bullpen spot for himself.

Escalona, 26, threw a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday and has given up just one run in five innings over his five appearances, one of which was during an exhibition game against Team USA. Escalona has six strikeouts, including one on Sunday, and has given up four hits and no walks.

Escalona spent much of last season at Triple-A Colorado Springs (3-3, 2.93 ERA in 32 games). He was 0-1 with a 6.04 ERA in 22 big league games, but held opponents scoreless in his final seven innings.

"It's a power arm with some sink, and that's his greatest asset," manager Walt Weiss said. "We want to take a close look at Escalona, for sure."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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