Belisle Accepts Assignment

May 28, 2009 | 2:58 pm | 7  

Reliever Matt Belisle cleared 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.

7 Comments »

  • Greg Stanwood | May 28, 2009 | 4:15 pm

    Belisle has the stuff to become a half decent long reliever. I hope his time with the Sky Sox helps him settle back into pitching well.

  • Matt | May 28, 2009 | 4:17 pm

    Wow… Smith to the DL again. Talk about a star-crossed season!!

  • Karl | May 28, 2009 | 4:36 pm

    So guys enlighten me, he is on the 40 man roster so even though not on the major league roster he is put on the 15 or 60 day DL. I didn’t see this yet on the roster online. Really it’s not opening a spot though is it for only 15 day correct? I thought that it had to be a 60 day for that? Is this retroactive then? Some sort of a loophole for the DL?

  • Jack Etkin | May 28, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    Karl,
    Smith was optioned to Colorado Springs near the end of spring training but is on the 40-man roster. He’ll be placed on the Sky Sox’s seven-day disabled list (that’s how long the DL is in the minors) to open a roster spot there for Belisle.
    If I understand your questions, you are right in that putting someone on the 60-day DL takes them off the 40-man roster. That’s not the issue here, because Smith is on the 40-man _ Belisle isn’t since he was designated for assignment and has been been outrighted after clearing waivers _ and the only thing that has to be done is open a spot for Belisle at the Springs.
    Presumably, Smith will be placed on the 7-day DL at the Springs retroactive to May 25, one day after he last pitched. That 7-day time frame may be moot, given his shoulder issue.

  • Karl | May 28, 2009 | 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Jack. I should have put that together on Belisle being off of the roster when sent down. Then also thanks for the info on the minor league DL, hadn’t heard that before.

  • Tony Benjamin | May 28, 2009 | 8:33 pm

    Speaking of Josh Fogg:
    I thought he looked pretty good on Wednesday.
    Giving him a chance might have been one of the best moves so far this season.
    Especially when you think about all the good players that have gone through and out the Rockies turnstill — only to come back to bite ‘em (case in point JP, who has always impressed as a top-notch ballplayer)
    Back to the future…
    TB

  • Joe | May 29, 2009 | 12:06 pm

    Belisle’s not ready and Clint relied on him way too much in the first month of the season.

    I am hoping some more seasoning in AAA gets his confidence back – good to hear that he cleared waivers and is back with the club. He’s showed that he has good stuff at times, but other times there have been lapses. He just needs more innings with the Sky Sox.