Rockies trim roster, send Pomeranz to Triple-A

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Drew Pomeranz lost his chance at making the Opening Day roster when the Rockies signed veteran righty Jon Garland on Sunday. Pomeranz was sent to Minor League camp and will begin the regular season at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Last season, Pomeranz, 24, was thrust into the rotation for 22 big league starts and went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA in the Majors. He went 4-4 with a 2.51 ERA in nine starts during a demotion to Colorado Springs.

Pomeranz was 2-2 with a 5.50 ERA in five appearances (four starts) this spring, and appeared to be more consistent in his pitching motion. Last season, Pomeranz lost his motion early in the season and spent much of the year trying to get it back.

"I'm ready for whatever," Pomeranz said. "This year it's a lot easier to make adjustments than it was last year. I'm not worried about my mechanics much. I'm worried about making pitches."

The Rockies also sent right-handers Bobby Cassevah and Jeff Manship and infielder Matt McBride to Minor League camp. The team also released veteran right-hander Miguel Batista.

The Rockies are down to 32 players, including six non-roster invitees, and must be at 25 when the season opens on April 1.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for 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.