Cargo Arrives in St. Louis Friday
‘s time has come.
The left-handed-hitting outfielder acquired as part of the package from Oakland for Matt Holliday will join the Rockies in St. Louis on Friday. The Rockies also have activated right-handed relieverfrom the disabled list.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Rockies optioned outfielder Matt Murton to Triple-A Colorado Springs, and designated right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli for assignment, giving them 10 days to move his contract.
The arrival of Gonzalez adds to the plethora of left-handed bats on the Rockies roster. Gonzalez joins left-handed-hitting outfieldersand , third baseman , and first baseman .
Manageris expected to juggle Smith, Gonzalez and switch-hitting in left field and center field, ensuring each gets at least five starts a week. would appear to be in line to become the fifth outfielder.
Gonzalez forced the issue. He is hitting .339 with 10 home runs, 12 doubles, seven triples and 59 RBI in 47 games at Colorado Springs.
“It’s time,” Tracy said of bringing up Gonzalez, who came to the Rockies from the A’s along with closerand left-handed pitcher Greg Smith. “At the end of spring I sat in when Clint (Hurdle, former manager) met with the young man, and Carlos has answered all the messages he was given.”
Asked about the crowded outfield, Tracy said, `That will be what I have to figure out. I accept that challenge.”
What helps Tracy is that Helton, Hawpe and Stewart all have strong averages against left-handed pitchers, even though they are left-handed hitters.
Daley has been out for two weeks with a sprained ankle. He pitched two scoreless innings on a rehab assignment at Colorado Springs, and was declared ready to be activated.
With Joel Peralta having pitched well since his call up, Grilli became the odd man out in light of his recent struggles. He has allowed 12 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings his last nine games, including nine earned runs in 5 1/3 innings the last five.
The Rockies will ask waivers on Grilli and if he is not claimed by another team they will send him outright to Colorado Springs, which they hope will provide him an opportunity to regain consistency with his fastball.
“You are talking about a 95-mile-per-hour arm,” said Tracy. “You would like to think you can get it back on line.”