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De La Rosa leaves with middle finger blister

Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa left Saturday night’s game against the D-backs in the top of the sixth, leading 3-0, with a blister to the middle finger of his pitching hand.

De La Rosa held the D-backs scoreless and struck out five, against three hits and a walk, in 5 1/3 innings at Coors Field. He also drove in a run with a fourth-inning single. De La Rosa threw strikes on 54 of his 87 pitches. No immediate announcement about the nature of the injury was made.

Last year, De La Rosa missed 12 starts with a torn sheath of a tendon on his left middle finger. De La Rosa also has dealt with finger blisters in the past.

It adds to a difficult start of the season for Rockies pitching. Ace Ubaldo Jimenez struggled with neither fastball velocity nor command of any of his pitches in Friday’s 7-6, 11-inning  loss to the D-backs. A cut on his right thumb cuticle, a problem that flared once during Spring Training and cost him a start, was a culprit. It is unclear if he will make his next scheduled start, Thursday against the Pirates at PNC Park.

After throwing a pitch to Justin Upton with one out in the sixth, Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger visited the mound, and manager Jim Tracy removed De La Rosa and replaced him with Matt Belisle with little conversation.

As the Rockies left Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz., their backups in case a rotation member had to miss a start were right-handers Greg Reynolds, John Maine and Clayton Mortensen.

Maine won 17 games for the Mets in 2007. He looked ahead of schedule this spring in his recovery from a shoulder surgery last June. Reynolds fought shoulder and elbow issues last year and did not appear in the Majors. Mortensen came in a trade with the Athletics before Spring Training.

Reynolds expects to help Rockies

Right-hander Greg Reynolds, who suffered a bone chip in his right elbow after being hit by a line drive just before Spring Training games began, has just reached the point of throwing from 60 feet. Chances are, he’ll begin the season in extended spring training.

But Reynolds, who had shoulder problems all of 2009 and essentially had a lost year, believes he’ll help the Rockies this season. Reynolds, after undegoing a postseason surgery to correct labrum damage, showed up in Tucson with improved mechanics and good action on his pitches.

Reynolds was a quick riser through the Minors. The Rockies considered bringing him to the Majors in 2007 and did call him up in 2008. But his repeated shoulder issues stopped him from sticking in the Majors.

“I feel I can definitely get back to not only what I was doing for a short period in this camp, but what I was doing a couple years ago before I started having setback after setback,” Reynolds said. “I have all the confidence in the world.”

Reynolds to begin throwing, lightly; ‘Q’ has MCL sprain

Rockies right-hander Greg Reynolds, who suffered a bone chip in his right elbow after being hit by a line drive early in camp, said he will throw “light and easy” — at about 45 feet. Reynolds, who dealt with shoulder problems last year and never pitched in the Majors, was making dramatic progress before the freak injury.

An MRI confirmed a left medial collateral ligament sprain for non-roster infielder Omar Quintanilla. He will miss a month.

Rough day for Morales

The elbow injury to right-hander Greg Reynolds, who was hit by a line drive a few days ago and is waiting for swelling to subside before pitching, touched off a chain reaction that led to left-handed reliever Franklin Morales starting agianst the D-backs on Sunday at Tucson Electric Park. It didn’t work out for Morales and the Rockies.

Morales gave up eight earned runs on seven hits, including home runs by Rusty Ryal and Stephen Drew, in 1 2/3 innings. He also walked two and balked once before leaving with an 8-0 deficit.

Rockies contract update

The Rockies have signed the following pre-arbitration players to one-year contracts: right-handed pitchers Alberto Alburquerque, Jhoulys Chacin, Samuel Deduno, Matt Daley, Edgmer Escalona, Shane Lindsay, Juan Nicasio, Greg Reynolds, Chaz Roe and Esmil Rogers; left-handed pitchers Franklin Morales and Greg Smith; catcher Mike McKenry; infielders Hector Gomez, Chris Nelson, Ian Stewart and Eric Young Jr.; and outfielders Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith. Terms were not announced.

Unlucky Reynolds feels lucky

Rockies manager Jim Tracy bemoaned the bad luck of right-hander Greg Reynolds, the team’s top Draft choice in 2006. After dealing with shoulder and labrum issues for much of his career, Reynolds showed signs of health and sharpness early in camp. That is until a line drive crashed into his throwing arm just above the elbow on Monday, knocking Reynolds out of his first Cactus League appearance.

Prospect Chaz Roe will take his place against the Giants at Scottsdale on Friday.

“What was mentioned in the [staff] meeting this morning is prior to the line drive, is people who are much more aware of the situation than I am because they’ve seen him for a longer period of time, that Greg was throwing the ball as well and his mechanics were as sound as they’ve ever seen him,” Tracy said Tuesday. “It’s a little punch in the gut, obviously, from his stand point.”

Reynolds actually talked as if he had ducked a punch. X-rays showed a small chip above the elbow on the outside. If one is going to get hit with a screaming liner, and have a chipped bone, that’s not a bad place for it.

“It’s out of the joint, which is a good thing,” Reynolds said. “The chip would be bad if it’s inside the joint, inside the elbow. The good thing is it’s up above the elbow. Probably with a little bit of rest it will heal right back to the bone and not cause a problem.”

Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said he sent an MRI of the elbow via overnight mail to San Francisco, where it will be analyzed, possibly by Wednesday. Doctors will look for bone bleeding in the area.

Reynolds burised, Fowler sick

Rockies right-hander Greg Reynolds, who has made a dramatic recovery from labrum surgery after last season, was smoked just above the right elbow by a line drive during a live batting practice session on Monday.

Reynolds is scheduled to pitch Friday at Scottsdale, Ariz., against the Giants. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca said late Monday he does not know if Reynolds’ Cactus League debut will have to be delayed.

Center fielder Dexter Fowler was supposed to participate in Monday’s intrasquad game, but was ordered to stay home because of a stomach virus.

Former top pick Reynolds unpolished, but healthy

Rockies right-hander Greg Reynolds’ work Friday will not go down as one of baseball’s all-time great live batting practice sessions. Some fastballs threatened to shatter bats. Some were not where he wanted them.

But four months after surgery to repair his labrum, Reynolds is happy he is on the mound at all. He’s ecstatic about the fact he’ll be ready to pitch out of the rotation, most likely at Triple-A Colorado Springs, when the regular season begins.

“I feel encouraged just by the way I bounced back from surgery,” Reynolds said. “My arm feels good. I’m getting that strength back up. It feels so nice being out there, able to work on stuff without having anything in the back of your mind.”

The Rockies’ top Draft choice, second overall, in 2006, Reynolds seemed on the fast track. But a right shoulder injury in 2007 kept him from receiving an early promotion to the Majors. He saw time with the big club in 2008 but struggled (2-8, 8.13 ERA) and never found health last season.

The surgery was exploratory to an extent — his shoulder required a detailed look to see exactly what was wrong. But rehab has been quick.

While searching for answers last year, the Rockies tried to rebuild his motion from the moment he pulled the ball out of his glove on the windup. The thought was the way he was drawing his arm back was leading to the problems. But now that he’s healthy, the team is taking a different method. The emphasis is on his staying in line with home plate and not throwing across his body. So coaches are looking at the end result more than the beginning.

Where are they headed?

Here are some of the Rockies’ decisions on where players will start 2009:

— Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin received consideration for Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he’ll start at Double-A Tulsa.

“There’s a factor involved — the weather,” Rockies player development director Marc Gustafson said. “It’s staying on a consistent routine. When you’re in Colorado Springs, you don’t know what you’re going to get.

“He’s got the talent [to pitch Triple-A], but, as we say, it’s not where you start. It’s where you finish. He has the ability to pitch at the Major League level. We just have to make sure we take care of him.”

— Catcher Michael McKenry showed some ability early in camp. With the possibility of Sal Fasano and Edwin Bellorin handling the catching at Colorado Springs, the Rockies believe Tulsa is the best place for McKenry.

“He’s a young kid still learning how to call games,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “I want us to take our time with our catchers as much as we can.”

— Right-handers Brandon Hynick, Greg Reynolds and Jason Hirsh look to be three-fifths of the Colorado Springs rotation. A possibility is lefty Greg Smith, if he’s healthy. Smith’s shoulder soreness has likely cost him a chance at the Major League rotation.

Gustafson said since being sent down early in camp, Hirsh has made progress. Hirsh missed the end of 2007 with a broken bone in his leg and as limited last season with a rotator cuff strain.

“He’s worked extremely hard and gone about his business the right way,” Gustafson said. “Good things are going to happen for him.”

— Reynolds, who struggled during two callups last season, is another work in progress.

“He’s got a few minor issues with his delivery that he should be able to correct,” Colorado Springs pitching coach Chuck Kniffin said. “I think his stride was getting out there a little too long the last two times he threw [in Major League spring games]. That makes it harder to get sink with his sinker. He needs to concentrate on the lower part of the zone, so when he misses he’ll miss down in the zone. He needs to stay ahead of hitters so he can pitch off the plate aggressively.”

Kniffin also said Reynolds should be able to use his curveball at different parts of the count.

Reynolds was the Rockies’ top pick in 2006, and missed the end of 2007 with a shoulder injury, so he needs experience.

Flores on quickened course; working on the day off

Lefty reliever Randy Flores gave up a home run to the Royals’ Tommy Murphy on Tuesday. It was the first Cactus League run against Flores in three appearances, althuogh he did give up three runs in one inning of an intrasquad game.

Nonetheless, Flores — a non-roster invitee — has made himself an interesting bullpen candidate to start the season, even though he is coming off shoulder surgery in August.

“The second I got healthy, and in shape to throw, I was in games, and that’s different for me,” said Flores, who established himself as a reliever with the Cardinals 2004-08. “Typically, everyone gets in shape during the winter, but still it’s a jolt to your system to face hitters, and another jolt when you’re in a game.

“So to say I have nothing to work on would be completely wrong. I need to continue to work on my conditioning in the game, and the crispness and sharpness of my pitches. That can hopefully take place over the last couple of weeks.”

— The Rockies will enjoy their only day off of the spring on Wednesday. But left-hander Greg Smith and right-handers Greg Reynolds, Ryan Speier, Josh Fogg and Matt Belisle will throw in a Minor League game. Also, it’ll be the first Minor League outing for righty Jason Hirsh, who was optioned out of big-league camp on Monday.

— Todd Helton continues to put back problems behind him. On Tuesday, he hit his third home run in six Spring Training games. This one was a pull shot down the right-field line off the Royals’ Kyle Davies. The other two were to center field. Ryan Spilborghs also went deep. The club’s projected leadoff hitter, Spilborghs is hitting .323 with a .405 on-base percentage in 10 Cactus League contests.