Baylor Has Pneumonia
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).