Rockies Activate Belisle

April 10, 2009 | 10:27 am | 3  

Right-hander Matt Belisle‘s life in limbo ended Friday.

Right-hander Juan Morillo’s life in limbo began.

The Rockies added Belisle, who had been an invited player to spring training, to their active roster. To make room for him Morillo was designated for assignment, giving the Rockies 10 days to make a move iwth Morillo’s contract.

The Rockies can trade Morillo or put him through waivers. If he clears waivers they can assign him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Belisle, signed with Colorado as a minor league free agent on January 14, 2009, spent parts of the last five Major League seasons with Cincinnati (2003-08), going 16-22 with a 5.06 earned-run average in 132 games, including 43 starts.

Belisle was 1-4 with a 7.28 ERA in six starts for the 2008 Reds before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on August 19. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

Belisle, 28, was sidelined early in spring training by a strained right forearm, but returned for the second half of the exhibition season and pitched well. He was 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in eight Cactus League games, all of which were relief outings.

Morillo, 25, did not appear in any games with the Rockies after making the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He made his Major League debut in 2006 and made 6 total appearances with the Rockies from 2006-08. A native of San Pedro de Marcoris, Dominican Republic, Morillo was signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent in April 2001.

3 Comments »

  • Robb (Durango, CO) | April 10, 2009 | 11:45 am

    It’s too bad Morillo didn’t work out, but he just proves that pitching is 90% mental.

  • Logan R | April 10, 2009 | 1:53 pm

    Too bad he didnt get a chance. I thought they should give him a chance until he blows up. Goes to prove throwing a 100mph doesnt make you a pitcher.

  • George | April 10, 2009 | 2:20 pm

    Just to let you know Tracy that Bresnan gave in and will telecast all the games they previously announced they would black out here in Cheyenne. I assume the same will be true for other Bresnan territory like Grand Junction and throughout Wyoming. A great victory for baseball fans !!! There is nothing like enjoying Opening Day at Coors Field !!!