Rotation Setting Up
Left-handerhad a solid effort on Sunday. He worked five innings, allowing only two hits, and then gave up a single and game-ending home run in the Rockies 7-6 loss to Oakland in Phoenix.
He appears to have locked up the fifth starter spot, too.
Greg Smith, Morales’ competition for the final spot in the rotation, started Sunday and couldn’t get out of the second inning. He came out with inflammation that flared up in his previous start and did not go away with rest.
Smith was sidelined two weeks earlier in the spring by a lengthy battle with the flu. Now it appears he is a likely candidate to go on the disabled list.
Morales would step into the rotation along with right-handers, and Jason Marquis, and lefty .
What the Rockies will have to decide is whether to go with a five-man rotation from the start of the season, which opens April 6 in Arizona, use Morales in the bullpen initially to keep the other four starters on a regular turn or send Morales to the minor leagues to make two starts before calling him up to join the rotation April 21 in Arizona.