Esmil Rogers final addition to Rockies bullpen
Left-handed relievertook his time deciding where to sign for the 2010 season.
Now it’s going to take him a little more time than he wanted to be added to the Colorado Rockies regular-season roster.
With left-hander Greg Smith moving into the rotation to replace injured, Rockies manager wanted the final reliever to be someone who could work multiple innings. So instead of Beimel, the Rockies opted to open the season with right-hander , who was optioned earlier in the spring to Triple-A Colorado Springs where he was supposed to be in the rotation.
A converted shortstop, Rogers has a live arm, and word in the minor league camp is he was having the best spring of the young arms who have been assigned to the Sky Sox.
Beimel figures to join the big-league team soon, possibly as early as next weekend for the Rockies home opener when they play San Diego. Adrian Gonzalez is 2-for-21 lifetime off Beimel.
However, Beimel, who pitched the final two months with the Rockies last season, was a free agent in the off-season and decided to explore his opportunities. It was not until March 23 that he signed with the Rockies.
He pitched three strong innings in three appearances in the last week — Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Tracy, however, wants to extend Beimel more before activating him.
With Rogers being called up for the season opener at Milwaukee on Monday, Justin Speier and Tim Redding did not make the roster. Speier asked for his release to pursue another big-league opportunity. Redding is signed to a minor-league deal and he could opt out of the deal only if he was offered a big-league roster spot by another team by Saturday.