Belisle's spring struggles don't worry Weiss

Belisle's spring struggles don't worry Weiss

PHOENIX -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss was not alarmed by an outing for Matt Belisle that started unlucky and got worse Thursday night in a 10-5 loss to the Athletics.

Belisle gave up a soft single to Alberto Callaspo, a one-out bunt single to Nick Punto and an RBI single by Coco Crisp that went off the glove of second baseman DJ LeMahieu. But Jed Lowrie doubled to left, and by the time Belisle was done with his inning, the Athletics had four runs and four hits, and Belisle's spring ERA was up to 10.80.

Weiss said Belisle's continued work on his changeup and his years of service to the club give him confidence, even though Belisle's ERA last season spiked to 4.32 -- his highest since he became a regular bullpen member in 2010.

"I don't get too caught up in spring for guys that are established," Weiss said. "I think if it were a regular-season game he probably would have attacked it a little bit different."

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