Baylor Has Pneumonia

May 15, 2009 | 10:05 am | 6  

Rockies hitting coach Don Baylor is in a Denver hospital with pneumonia and did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, the first stop on a three-city, 10-game road trip. It is not known when Baylor might rejoin the team.

The Rockies also made a bullpen move, designating left-hander Glendon Rusch for assignment and bringing up left-hander Randy Flores from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flores, who turns 34 in July, went 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA in 15 games with the Sky Sox, having allowed 16 hits and five walks with 13 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings. Seven of Flores’ past 10 outings were scoreless, but his last appearance was a struggle _ one inning Tuesday against Iowa in which Flores allowed five hits and five runs, four earned, in the Sky Sox’s 16-15 win in 10 innings.

Rusch, 34, went 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 11 games and allowed 35 hits in 18 2/3 innings. He relieved Jason Marquis in the fourth inning Wednesday against the Astros, gave up a three-run double to Geoff Blum on his first pitch that increased Houston’s lead to 9-3 and was strafed for 12 hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Opponents hit .398 against Rusch with right-handed hitters batting .406 (28-for-69) and left-handers averaging .368 (7-for-19).


  • Mike | May 15, 2009 | 10:22 am

    Karl had posted in another thread about Flores’s splits. In case he doesn’t go back to that thread, here’s what I’ve found:

    Both Flores’s splits this year at the Springs and in his major league career don’t show any great lefty-killing ability.

  • Karl | May 15, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    Yeah Mike, I am not sold on this move but I guess the Rox were thinking it was time for a change. Might be a temporary move in my opinion.

  • Joseph | May 15, 2009 | 12:15 pm

    One stiff for another. At least Rusch could occasionally eat some innings. Flores is AWFUL.

  • Derrek | May 15, 2009 | 12:17 pm

    I hope Atkins is traded soon so Baylor can have a full recovery! Cuz Mike ur right, let’s blame Baylor’s sickness on Atkins too! LOL
    It’s kind of fun blaming everything on Atkins! LOL

  • Angela | May 15, 2009 | 10:03 pm

    I don’t understand the logic of this move. You cut Rusch, who has ben serviceable for the past year, has saved our butts a couple of times and just took one for the team against Florida, and you replace him with a guy who has no wins and a 5.something ERA at Colorado Springs? Someone please enlighten me.

  • Mike | May 15, 2009 | 11:20 pm

    It’s a pretty low impact move. Flores seems pretty bad but he’s had ok years when he’s kept his walk rates in the bulding. Rusch has been pretty bad for the Rockies–107 hits incl. 11 HR in 82 2/3 innings. If Flores is bad, they can DFA him as other pitchers get healthy.