Corpas Gets Workout

May 5, 2009 | 9:43 pm | 2  

Struggling reliever Manny Corpas was given some early work on Tuesday.

While the Rockies were taking batting practice prior to Tuesday’s game against San Diego, Corpas was throwing in the bullpen under the watch of pitching coach Bob Apodaca and bullpen coach Jim Wright.

The Rockies are looking for a way to get the sharpness back in Corpas’ slider and the swagger back in his demeanor.

Corpas is 0-3 with a 6.75 earned-run average. He has allowed runs in four of his last five appearances. He is 0-for-8 in save opporutnities since April 22 last season, when he was replaced in the role of Rockies’ closer by Brian Fuentes.

Corpas opened this season as the setup man to Huston Street, moved into the closer’s role briefly, but Street has returned to the ninth-inning role.

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  • Mark | May 6, 2009 | 7:48 am

    I think this line is wrong (aside from the spelling error): “He is 0-for-8 in save opporutnities since April 22 last season, when he was replaced in the role of Rockies’ closer by Brian Fuentes.”

    Corpas has a save this year so that run was either referring to last year or is incorrect.

    In either case, Corpas needs to get back on track in a hurry or may not have a Major League job. The Rockies have put a lot of time into coaching Corpas. So far he has sunk more than he has swam.

  • Mike | May 6, 2009 | 9:18 am

    If you take 4/23/08 as the game Corpas lost the closer job (that night, Fuentes pitched the 8th, Corpas the 9th, and after that, Fuentes got the 9th innings), then it looks like his record is 1-6 (0-5 the rest of ’08, and 1-2 this season).

    However, to be fair, relievers are charged with blown saves any time they lose a lead, so middle relievers always look worse. If you throw in Corpas’s 20 holds over this span (which are roughly like saves except involve holding leads), he’s 21-6.

    That’s not great, but Heath Bell was 23-7 last year as a middle reliever. Taylor Buccholz was 22-2. Buccholz wasn’t going to be that close to perfect again, but it does highlight his loss a bit.