The Rockies released Russ Ortiz on Friday after the veteran right-hander struggled in three appearances with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The 35-year-old was signed to a Minor League deal by the Rockies on Aug. 23 after exercising a clause in his contract with the Yankees that allowed him to become a free agent if he was not promoted to New York's Major League roster after three Minor League starts. He went 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA with Colorado Springs, allowing 18 hits and 10 walks in 14 innings.
Ortiz spent most of this season with the Astros, where he was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA in 23 appearances (13 starts) before being released on July 30.
A 21-game winner with Atlanta in 2003 who averaged 16.5 wins per season from 1999-2004, Ortiz has gone 10-28 since 2005.
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