Rockies get positive results from rehab assignments

May 9, 2010 | 12:59 am  

Brad Hawpe, on the disabled list with a quad strain, appeared in the third and final minor league game in his rehab assignment on Saturday. Hawpe went 1-for-4 in Triple-A Colorado Springs’ 16-5 loss at Sacramento. Hawpe was 1-for-5 with a double as the DH on Friday and went 1-for-4 with a double for Hi-A Modesto on Thursday. He will fly to Denver on Sunday, be examined by club medical officials and most likely activated for Monday’s game with Philadelphia.

Left-hander Kurt Birkins, a 29-year-old in his 10th pro season, failed to retire any of the eight batters in his start for Colorado Springs. Birkins is filling the rotation spot vacated by Jhouyls Chacin’s promotion to the big leagues.

Catcher Chris Iannetta is responding to his trip back to Colorado Springs. He hit his third home run and raised his average to .303 on Saturday. Matt Miller ran his hitting streak to 17 games.

At Hi-A Modesto, Taylor Buchholz worked a second shutout inning in his rehab assignment and was credited with the 2-1 victory. Greg Reynolds began his rehab assignment by starting the game and allowed one unearned runs in five innings. He allowed three hits and a walk, and struck out two.