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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.

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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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