Esmil Rogers final addition to Rockies bullpen

April 3, 2010 | 5:28 pm | 4  

Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel took 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 Jeff Francis, Rockies manager Jim Tracy 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 Esmil Rogers, 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.

4 Comments »

  • Agbayani | April 3, 2010 | 8:59 pm

    Tracy, I imagine the decision to bring Esmil Rogers north is driven — at least in part — by 40 man roster concerns?

    Of course, if Francis is moved to the 60-day DL (and right now, that may be very possible; even if he has no damage to his shoulder, I guess he’ll probably shut it down for a couple weeks, then basically have to re-start spring training, so an early June return is probably a pretty optimistic scenario), won’t that open up another 40-man spot?

  • Redhawk | April 3, 2010 | 10:49 pm

    Don’t forget that Taylor Buchholz will be put on the 60 day DL as well.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 4, 2010 | 3:03 am

    I don’t know that it’s the 40-man roster, per say that is a concern, but rather the fact that if they add a player to the 40-man roster who is out of options — such as a Speier or Redding — and they want to make an eventual move with them they have to clear waivers. Also the full salary is guaranteed. So if it is a short-term move, like Rogers filling in for a few games until Beimel is ready, it makes more sense to bring in a Rogers, and then ship him back, where he will return to a minor-league salary as part of his contract.

    Redhawk, good catch on Buchholz. I need to adjust the payroll information in regards to him, also.

  • Agbayani | April 4, 2010 | 9:48 am

    Thanks Tracy & Redhawk, and Happy Easter!