Fogg Rejoins Rockies

May 25, 2009 | 11:38 am | 2  

Right-hander Josh Fogg rejoined the Rockies big-league roster Monday, but instead of a starter, which he was in 2006-07, Fogg will be given a chance to fill the long relief void.

Right-hander Matt Belisle was designated for assignment, giving the Rockies 10 days to deal with his contract situation. They will place him on waivers with the idea that if he clears he will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

San Diego, however, could make the waiver claim. The Padres had indicated during spring training that they would claim Belisle if he had not made the Rockies roster.

Fogg, 32, was 3-1 with a 5.80 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“Our goal is to use him on long relief, although there is a chance he could start if the need arises,” said manager Clint Hurdle.

Hurdle said during the spring Fogg struggled with command, but had addressed those issues during his time in Colorado Springs, and that was the key to the callup, not the fact Fogg is well-liked by teammates.

“We need players who play well,” said Hurdle. “We like players who fit into the clubhouse but we like performance also. We are very much result-oriented.”

Fogg won 21 games while pitching for the Rockies during the 2006 and 2007 season, and pitched in three postseason games for the club in 2007, going 2-1 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance.

Fogg left as a free agent after the 2007 season, his agents expecting a three-year deal, and wound up with Cincinnati on a one-year deal that earned him slightly more than $1 million. The Rockies had indicated they would give him $5 million but the agents told general manager Dan O’Dowd that wouldn’t get the deal done.

Fogg returned to the Rockies when he signed as a minor league free agent this spring, and was an invitee to big-league camp.

Belisle, 28, went 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA (17.1 ip, 16 er) in 14 games for the Rockies, all as a reliever.

“We had him all of spring training and seven weeks into the season and he was pretty much the same,” said Hurdle.

2 Comments »

  • Matt F. | May 25, 2009 | 11:46 am

    Thanks for the update, Tracy! What’s it looking like over at the stadium right now? Are we going to get this game started on time?

  • Larry Wild | June 3, 2009 | 9:45 pm

    Somebody needs to adjust Garrett Atkins hitting stance in a hurry. He needs to get a little more square to the plate. He is standing like a player might stand to attempt a bunt, or a golfer attempting to make a short pitch to the green. Why can’t the manager see this?
    Just trying to be helpful. I feel for him.