Colorado Springs starting rotation takes shape

April 5, 2011 | 10:40 pm | 4  

Triple-A Colorado Springs pitching coach Doug Linton said Greg Reynolds will start Thursday against Tucson when the Colorado Springs Sky Sox open their season and begin an eight-game homestand. Reynolds will be followed by John Maine, Alan Johnson, Clayton Mortensen and Billy Buckner in the Sky Sox’s rotation.

Linton said Mortensen, acquired from the A’s in a Jan. 24 trade for minor league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth, could have been slotted second or third in the rotation. Since Johnson and Buckner didn’t pitch as much in spring training, Mortensen was put between them with an eye toward conserving the bullpen.

Andrew Johnston will close for the Sky Sox with left-hander Rex Brothers and right-handers Matt Daley and Sean White in set-up roles.

UPDATE, April 6: Reynolds has been recalled from the Sky Sox to take the place of Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. John Maine and the remaining four starters will likely move up in the rotation, but who will be added to the rotation isn’t yet known.


  • Wayne | April 6, 2011 | 7:42 am

    Seems like a pretty solid rotation and bullpen, the likes of which CS hasn’t had for awhile, if ever. Nice to know these type of reinforcements are so close at hand.

  • Cisco Kid | April 6, 2011 | 8:37 am

    Why not start grooming Brothers to be the closer?

  • Rocky Mountain High | April 6, 2011 | 8:43 am

    I’m surprised they are starting G Reynolds Thursday; I would have thought they would hold him out in case Ubaldo can’t go on Saturday at the latest and they would need Reynolds for one spot start.

  • Jack Etkin | April 6, 2011 | 9:23 am


    Makes a lot more sense developmentally to ease Brothers into Triple-A in a set-up role rather than give him the ninth inning right away against better and more experienced hitters than he has ever seen.