Redding hoping to change for Rockies

Tim Redding (Ed Andrieski, The Associated Press).jpgRight-hander Tim Redding, trying to make the Rockies as a non-roster invitee (either as a starter or a reliever), threw three perfect innings in Wednesday’s 5-0 loss to the Royals.

Knowing that the Rockies have one of baseball’s best defenses, Redding is trying to take advantage.

“My whole goal this Spring Training is to see how many times I can get the ball hit on the ground,” said Redding, who forced four groundouts but also was on the mound for two infield errors. “I’m not a notorious groundball guy, but I’m not a straight flyball guy. But I’ve pitched in Denver before, and the more I get the ball on the ground and keep it on the ground, the less damage is going to be done.

“If I keep the ball down, they can still hit it in the air but they’re not going to hit it with a lot of power behind it.”

In the second of Redding’s innings, though, he struck out the side. Was that part of his reinvention plan?

“I haven’t struck out the side in an inning of any kind in a long time,” he said. “That felt kind of good. I was like, ‘What the heck just happened?'”

In other developments — Righty reliever Manuel Corpas gave up a run in one inning of relief, but manager Jim Tracy said he kept the ball down in the strike zone for all but one pitch. … Utility man Jonathan Herrera, an infielder by trade who also is working in the outfield, made a diving catch of a line drive in right field.

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