Former Rockies settling into work with new teams
The Colorado Rockies faced a number of tough decisions this offseason and eventually parted ways with a number of key players from the 2010 team. Here’s how players who appeared with the Rockies last season are faring with their new teams in spring training:
, LHP, Kansas City Royals: In two spring starts covering five innings, Francis has a 5.40 ERA and has allowed eight hits and walked one. Most of the damage was done in his first start on March 2, when he allowed three runs in two innings. In his second start Monday, Francis allowed three hits and a walk in three shutout innings. Francis is expected to be part in the middle of the Royals’ rotation.
, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: The left-handed reliever has yet to pitch in a spring game. He has been sidelined with soreness in his forearm, but an MRI last week showed no damage.
, IF, Houston Astros: Barmes is hitting .167 with two walks and two doubles and leads the Astros in at-bats this spring. He is likely the Astros’ Opening Day shortstop.
, 1B/OF, San Diego Padres: Hawpe, who is trying to move back to his original position at first base and claim an everyday job with the Padres, is hitting .545 (6-for-11) with a home run and three RBI in four games.
strained an abductor muscle trying to score on a sacrifice fly in a game over the weekend. Olivo, who was expected to be the Mariners’ starting catcher, will be sidelined indefinitely by the injury., C, Seattle Mariners: Olivo was hitting .100 (1-for-10) before he
, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks: Mora is hitting .214 (3-for-14) but could miss as much as a week after suffering a neck injury in a car accident on Monday. Mora is competing for the starting third base job with the Diamondbacks.
, RHP, San Diego Padres: The right-hander has a 6.00 ERA in three spring appearances. He has allowed two runs on four hits, and three walks in three innings, but has struck out six. Deduno, who the Rockies lost on waivers, is likely to start the season in the minors.
Randy Flores, LHP, San Diego Padres: The left-hander signed late in the offseason and is trying to crack the Padres’ bullpen. He has a 4.50 ERA in four appearances.
Paul Phillips, C, Cleveland Indians: Phillips is hitting .429 (6-for-14) in five games with the Indians. He is competing for the backup catcher job.
Taylor Buchholz, RHP, New York Mets: The right-handed reliever, who since being let go late last season by the Rockies has bounced to the Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox before settling with the Mets, is having a strong spring. He has pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings in three games and is competing for a job in the Mets bullpen.
Octavio Dotel, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays: Dotel has a 15.00 ERA in three spring appearances. He has allowed five runs on nine hits in three innings. Dotel is competing to be the Blue Jays’ closer.
Manny Delcarmen, RHP, Seattle Mariners: In four spring appearances, Delcarmen has a 4.50 ERA and has two hits and walked four while striking out one. He is competing for a job in the Mariners bullpen.
Brad Eldred, 1B, San Francisco Giants: Eldred is hitting .133 (2-for-15) in 10 games with the Giants.