Beimel goes to Triple-A; Francis, Buchholz, Reynolds updates

April 10, 2010 | 5:19 pm | 1  

Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel has joined Triple-A Colorado Springs, taking what is likely to be his final step before being added to the Colorado Rockies bullpen. Beimel had been in extended spring training before traveling to Tacoma where the Sky Sox are playing.

“Obviously the goal is to…move him along as quickly as we can,” manager Jim Tracy said. While deferring to pitching coach Bob Apodaca and bullpen coach Jim Wright for the specific plan with Beimel, Tracy said he’s like to pitch an inning “maybe a time or two” or maybe an inning and “then back-to-back (appearances). It’s all according to where he’s at and how he’s feeling. But we’ll get him to the point where we do go back-to-back.”

Beimel signed a minor league contract March 23 and joined the Rockies that day in spring training. He made three scoreless one-inning appearances in exhibition games. Beimel felt he was ready to begin the regular season with the Rockies, but Tracy wanted to err on the side of caution and give Beimel more work before asking him to face major league hitters.

Jeff Francis continues to do strengthening exercises and will probably play catch Tuesday, trainer Keith Dugger said. That will be his first time throwing since Wednesday April 7 in Milwaukee when Francis played catch with greater intensity and felt discomfort in the area below his left armpit and in front of his shoulder. That first developed April 2, one day after Francis threw five scoreless innings in his best Cactus League outing of the spring.

Taylor Buchholz threw a 25-pitch bullpen Friday. Dugger said he’s likely to throw one more bullpen session early next week and then would pitch in a simulated game or an extended spring training game for one inning. Buchholz is throwing all his pitches as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery on June 17.

Greg Reynolds threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Thursday. Dugger said he’ll probably throw another bullpen Monday with an eye toward pitching batting practice some time next week. Reynolds essentially had to start spring training over after getting hit just above his right elbow with a line drive and not being able to throw for three weeks.

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  • Drew | April 12, 2010 | 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the updates jack. Have the Rox set any comeback dates for any of the players yet? What is the plan for Reynolds when he returns?