LHP Greg Smith scheduled to pitch Friday

March 10, 2009 | 1:48 pm | 3  

LHP Greg Smith, a candidate for the fifth sport in the rotation, is now scheduled to return to the mound on Friday against San Francisco at Hi Corbett Field. Smith was supposed to pitch on Sunday but was sidelined by flu-like symptoms.

LHP Jorge De La Rosa starts today’s game against the A’s in Tucson with Aaron Cook scheduled to pitch against Cleveland in Goodyear on Wednesday, and Franklin Morales set to face the Angels in Tempe on Thursday.

Former Rockies RHP Matt Herges is on the list of pitchers Cleveland will use on Wednesday. RHP Justin Speier, another former Rockies reliever, is scheduled to work for the Angels on Thursday.

3 Comments »

  • Robb (Durango, CO) | March 10, 2009 | 3:20 pm

    Well, now that De La Rosa couldn’t get out of the 1st inning, it looks like the Rockies have openings for a 4th and 5th starter. Is he hurt? He may get back on track, but his history shows it won’t last a real long time. I know some people will say it’s only spring training, but an average major league starter should be able to go 3 innings. Seems like Morales is probably 4th and then Smith/Reynolds/De La Rosa, etc. are going for the 5th spot.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | March 10, 2009 | 9:57 pm

    Robb, there has to be at least some lights flashing a warning sign about De La Rosa. His history has been strong stretches and then self-destruction. The Rockies hoped he had turned the corner in the final two months last year, but did he? That’s what spring training is all about.
    My guess is the Rockies put him into the No. 4 slot in part as a way of telling De La Rosa they believe in him. He, however, is going to have to reinforce the belief or …..

  • mondogarage | March 11, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Robb, I’d read elsewhere yesterday that De La Rosa had bruised one of his fingers during a bunting drill the day before. This could possibly have affected his grip enough, but who knows…