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Pitching coach Wright to miss Cardinals series


ST. LOUIS -- Pitching coach Jim Wright will miss the entire three-game series against the Cardinals to attend to a family matter, the Rockies announced.

Assistant pitching coach Bo McLaughlin worked from the dugout in Wright's place, and catching instructor Jerry Weinstein was in the bullpen with the relievers.

Additionally, Pedro Astacio, a standout pitcher for the Rockies from 1997-2001 who remains the club leader in complete games (14) and is in the top 10 in several categories, joined the club Friday. Astacio was a special instructor during Spring Training, and he had planned to join the club in St. Louis to work with pitchers as they prepared for games.

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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