Belisle Accepts Assignment
Relievercleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’ll join the Sky Sox on Friday when they open a homestand against Tacoma.
To clear a spot for Belisle on the Sky Sox’s roster, left-hander Greg Smith will go on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. Smith was examined in Denver by Dr. Thomas Noonan, the Rockies team physician, and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Thursday on his shoulder.
Shoulder stiffness caused Smith to leave a start Sunday with the Sky Sox at Round Rock after throwing 65 pitches in five scoreless innings and allowing one hit. Smith was working his way back from the biceps fatigue that had bothered him toward the end of spring training, following an extended bout with the flu, and had made two starts for high Class A Modesto before his outing with the Sky Sox.
Belisle was designated for assignment on Monday by the Rockies to make room on their roster for right-hander Josh Fogg, who started with the Sky Sox but has assumed Belisle’s long-relief role. Belisle went 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Rockies, retired just six of the 14 first batters he faced and allowed 30 baserunners in 17 1/3 innings.