Rockies push back Jimenez; Rogers to start

September 10, 2009 | 4:16 pm | 15  

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy in his postgame news conference after Thursday’s 5-1 Rockies win said Ubaldo Jimenez will have his next scheduled start pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. One of the Rockies’ top pitching prospects, Esmil Rogers, who has been with the team but not on the roster, will be activated and make the start Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

Tracy said Jimenez could make the start Saturday if necessary, but the team chose not to take chances and pushed his start back to the tougher opponent. The Tuesday start would have been the next scheduled spot for Jose Contreras, who strained his right quadriceps running the bases Thursday.

The Giants are in line to throw Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Matt Cain against the Rockies. It’s the same trio who led the Giants to a sweep in San Francisco last month, although Lincecum’s status is up in the air after he was scratched from his start Tuesday against the Padres. Lincecum could pitch this weekend against the Dodgers.

Rogers was 11-7 with a 4.41 ERA in 27 appearances — 26 starts — between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs this season. He dominated the Texas League but struggled when he moved up to a level.


  • Townie | September 10, 2009 | 5:11 pm

    Real good spot to throw Rogers out there — on the road, pitcher’s park, against a below average offense. Just throw strikes young man. Just throw strikes. That’s why you’re getting the nod over Chacin.

    Really excited to see him throw.

  • Al | September 10, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    Considering the Rockies are set to face the heart of the rotation in San Fran, I think saving Ubaldo for one of those match-ups to give the Rockies better chance at a win is a great idea.

  • reader f/k/a Mike | September 10, 2009 | 5:54 pm

    Padres are actually a league avg offense after adjusting for park. You’re right though, Petco should help. The Padres also have a winning record (2 games over .500) at home, and in the 2nd half.

  • N Wagner | September 10, 2009 | 6:27 pm

    I agree just throw strikes…. unless its Adrian Gonzalez in the batters box…. then just throw balls. The Giants found out what happens when you try to pitch to this guy!

  • Robert | September 10, 2009 | 8:49 pm

    Rogers will need to pitch much better in his debut than he has in Colorado Springs. His stat line in since being promoted from AA to the Springs: 3-5 7.42 ERA, and an alarming 35 walks in 60 IP.

    He’s a raw talent with an electric fastball. He’s raw because he only started pitching professionally 3 years ago, when the Rockies converted him from middle infielder to starting pitcher because of his very strong arm. I am not sure how this move will work out down the stretch. But, to be fair, it was his shot on the depth chart, and it’s not like the Rockies had much of a choice. Chacin did not do enough to distinguish himself for another start.

    Losing Contrares is a drag. But it’s not that surprising that he hurt himself running the bases, considering he’s been in the AL his entire career and probably hardly never ran the bases except during interleague play.

    Here’s to hoping that Rogers does well.

  • frank | September 10, 2009 | 9:19 pm

    Seriously, now is the time to use a kid who started in AA and was not successful in AAA? This is the middle of a pennant race, not a looksie to see if this kid can pitch up here or not. You go with veterans. Chacin wasn’t and still not ready to be a starter this year. All you can hope for Rogers pitches his rear end off for 4-5 innings. Hes gonna have no margin for error and are we going to get the Rogers who dominated AA or the one that got whacked around in AAA? Good luck.

  • Agbayani | September 10, 2009 | 9:43 pm

    Yeah, not liking this Esmil Rodgers thing at all. Just like starting Chacin by surprise in August was a weird decision that didn’t work out. I haven’t counted lately, but aren’t the Rockies carrying something like 15 pitchers now? Would there be any problem with piecing together 9 innings out of Fogg, Rincon, Peralta, Flores, Belisle, Beimel, Betancourt, Herges? That’s 8 guys right there, all veterans, and none that are really scary-bad, so we’re talking about an inning each. And if you have a lead after all that, there’s Morales to close. I’d take my chances with the “bullpen field” as the starter rather than a guy who, quite frankly, shows no sign of being even close to ready.

  • mondogarage | September 10, 2009 | 10:12 pm

    Couple of things to the Rogers naysayers…

    1. The team is 63-32 under Jim Tracy. He has more than earned the benefit of the doubt. There’s no reason the “bullpen field” can’t work, like it worked today, but starting with Rogers on a short leash, even if only for 3-4 innings. If there’s one thing Jim Tracy does not do, it’s make rash decisions.

    2. This *is* the Padres we’re talking about. They’re certainly not the Nationals, but if you’re going to throw a young arm out there, that game is the time to do it.

    3. We have a 4.5 game lead in the wild card. The season will not rise or fall based on this game.

  • Dave | September 11, 2009 | 12:09 am

    And…most important of all in my humble opinion…it packs the one, two punch of filling the weak spot in the rotation that was set to face the Giants on Tuesday with Ubaldo, while giving him a couple more days to get past the hamstring injury. So now instead of our emergency backup to our emergency backup, we have our ace in training.

    And I guess one more thing as well, with the way injuries have been cropping up lately, I don’t think we want to tempt fate any more than necessary by plugging a reliever into the slot and asking him to do more work than he’s been used to this season. Whatever the quality of his pitches, Rogers has been starting all this season, so his arm (and the rest of him) should be better condititioned for this particular slot.

    Other than that, yeah, I’m nervous as heck about it. But as was previously mentioned, Jim Tracy has more than shown that he knows what he’s doing with this team – especially with the pitching staff. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that it’s yet another brilliant managing move.

  • Dustin | September 11, 2009 | 1:57 am

    meh if we take a loss due to him giving up 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings it is what it is.

    I’d be far more nervous if we were playing the Giants- games we need to win to put them in the rear view mirror

    lets see what the kid’s got.

  • Julian | September 11, 2009 | 10:27 am

    If Rogers fails his audition,and neither Contreras nor Cook can make the next start, do we go to Deduno or Roe as the next alternative?

  • Brett | September 11, 2009 | 10:49 am

    When can we expect Aaron Cook back anyway? I’m not an expert when it comes to the different stages of a recovery, it seemed like it’s been all good news that’s come out and he was supposed to be throwing from a mound this week. Does anyone have any updates on him and how confident can we be that A. We’ll have him for the postseason and B. He’ll be 100 percent?

  • Carl | September 11, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    One mustlook at the positives here, it is only 1 game and the Giants are 4.5 back. Ubaldo is better off going up against them anyway, and who knows the kid could get lucky.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | September 11, 2009 | 4:06 pm

    Brett, expectation is that Cook could throw a simulated game next weekend in Arizona. If all goes well he would then go to Tucson and pitch a game in extended spring training and then could be ready to pitch in the bigs, maybe as early as the 28th, which would put him in position to also pitch on Oct. 2.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | September 11, 2009 | 4:07 pm

    Julian, Rogers and Deduno were both brought to Denver to travel with the club and stay in shape in case a need arose so my guess is if the Rockies felt a need for another starter Deduno would get the shot.