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Right-handed prospects Samuel Deduno and Jhoulys Chacin were optoined to Minor League camp on Tuesday to get on a regular pitching routine. They form some of the starting pitching depth the Rockies believe they’ll need this season.
Also, lefty Jimmy Gobble, who was hoping to make the club in a setup role, was reassigned to Minor League camp. Gobble’s chance to make the Opening Day roster ended March 11, when he suffered a left groin strain.
Left-hander Matt Reynolds hasn’t pitched above Double-A Tulsa, but he has a 2.65 ERA since being drafted in the 20th round out of Austin Peay in 2007 and is coming off a strong performance in the 2009 Arizona Fall League.
Now he’s squarely on the big-league radar.
Left-hander Franklin Morales is expected to be the closer, which means the Rockies will need another lefty alongside Randy Flores, who appears OK after taking a line drive off his left forearm on Wednesday.
Given Reynolds’ pro experience and the fact it’s his first big-league camp, the expectation would be he would return to Tulsa or go to Triple-A Colorado Springs if he pitches well this spring. But given the role available, manager Jim Tracy is looking at him as a candidate.
“Is he a candidate? Yes, he is,” Tracy said. “Will we do that? I don’t know. I’m not going to answer that question today.
“A lot of things depend upon where our bullpen scenario goes over the course of the next 10-12 days.”
It makes sense. More-experienced lefties will be available, but they’re more costly. The Rockies will have to determine if they are or are not more talented than Reynolds. The Rockies’ other experienced lefty, non-roster invitee Jimmy Gobble, is trying to return from a right groin strain. He has continued throwing, but it isn’t certain when he’ll return to game action.
Tracy used Reynolds for two innings of Saturday’s 11-10 Cactus League victory over the Angels.
Of particular interest to Tracy was Reynolds’ reaction to Juan Rivera’s leadoff homer on a 2-0 pitch in the seventh, which put the Rockies behind, 7-6. Reynolds worked Brandon Wood into a fly ball, and fanned Robb Quinlan and Terry Evans.
“What happens after the home run is hit?” Tracy said. “Do we get tentative, start spraying them all over and start avoiding the bat, or do we keep going after it. He continued to go after the bat. That’ s an encouraging sign as far as I’m concerned.”
The homer was the only hit off Reynolds. He struck out two and walked one.
— The Rockies optioned right-hander Esmil Rogers to Minor League camp. Rogers made one big-league appearance last season, but is considered part of the club’s rich pitching depth.
— Righty Matt Belisle vanquished the Angels on a groundball and two fly balls in his lone inning, and has had four scoreless appearances covering five innings.
Tracy used Belisle in significant situations last September and used him in the National League Division Series against the Phillies. The only limitation Tracy faces is how often he can use Belisle, who has periodic bouts with forearm tightness after his appearances.
Belisle went up and down between the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs last year. His issue, a lack of aggressiveness, didn’t show up during his last callup. he has continued to attack, saying pitching when it really counted helped his confidence.
“That just poured gasoline on the fire,” Belisle said.
Rockies non-roster left-hander Jimmy Gobble, who has appeared in the Majors each of the last seven seasons, struck out Padres non-roster catcher Mitch Canham in a left-on-left matchup to end Monday’s 5-4 victory.
Gobble said he set Canham up with an outside changeup, then threw a slider that caught the inside part of the plate. It was the type of pitching that Tracy said could be useful to the Rockies this season.
“The left-on-right is fun to watch while we’re out here, but the left-on-left is what I’m really interested in watching,” Tracy said. “I was very interested in the manner in which he handled the last hitter with two outs in the ninth inning.”
Gobble broke in with the Royals as a starter, but much of his career has been spent as a reliever. His performance against lefty batters has become intriguing. He held left-handed hitters to a .200 batting average in 2008 with the Royals and .227 last year with the White Sox, both in a limited number of appearances.
Gobble said Bob McClure, his pitching coach with the Royals, suggested he show come to camp each year not afraid to use his secondary pitches. In addition to the slider and the changeup, he has a fastball with cutting action.
“Before, I was fastball, fastball, fastball, but now I do try to get to my slider in favorable counts to me, to put it in a position to try to get a strikeout,” Gobble said. “But I’ve had a lot of trouble the past couple of years because I haven’t done that.”
Two outings into this spring, Gobble has thrown two hitless innings with two strikeouts and a walk, so his plan is working so far. Whether that means a 25-man roster spot at the end of the spring is not what he’s trying to control.
“I’ve been around long enough to know that if you pitch well, somebody will see you,” Gobble said. “I want to be here. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the organization. I was very happy my path has crossed through here.
“I feel like if they think I can help this team in any way, shape or form, whether it be September or April, it doesn’t matter. I just want to be here to help.”
Here’s the Rockies’ lineup against the Padres at Peoria:
Eric Young Jr., 2B
Dexter Fowler, CF
Cole Garner, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Miguel Olivo, C
Michael Paulk, 1B
Jonathan Herrera, 3B
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
Here’s the rest of the Rockies’ pitching schedule: RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Matt Daley, LHP Jimmy Gobble
In another development, well, there wasn’t much of one. Right-hander Huston Street threw a light bullpen session on Sunday that went well, but the true test of whether the stiffness and inflammation in his right shoulder is improving is how he feels the next day.
“I feel good … that’s it,” Street said Monday morning.
Here are the lineups for today’s intrasquad game, which is starting late but will start shortly:
Away Team (wearing gray pants)
Eric Young Jr., LF
Hector Gomez, SS
Ian Stewart, 3B
Jeff Kindel, 1B
Chris Nelson, 2B
Paul Phillips, C
Cole Garner, RF
Chris Frey, CF
Mike McKenry, DH/C
Pitchers — Chaz Roe, Christian Friedrich, Edgmer Escalona, Craig Baker, Jimmy Gobble, Andrew Graham
Home Team, wearing white pants
Jonathan Herrera, 2B
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Matt Miller, LF
Michael Paulk, RF
Jay Payton, CF
Paul Lo Duca, 1B
Darin Holcomb, 3B
Wilin Rosario, C
Jordan Pacheco, DH/C
Pitchers — Samuel Deduno, Juan Nicasio, Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Andrew Johnston
The rain has subsided in Tucson, so there is a little less worry about getting in Monday’s intrasquad game than there was hours ago. So unless the wetness returns, the game is set for Monday at 12:30 p.m. MT.
Interestingly, two frontline players — third baseman Ian Stewart and center fielder Dexter Fowler — are slated to participate. But as manager Jim Tracy said, that’s merely so they’ll have enough players.
Eric Young Jr., trying to win a utility spot, will play left field — a new position. Young is a natural second baseman. He played center field in a brief stint in the Majors last season. Young also could see time at third this spring.
On the pitching side, left-hander Jimmy Gobble is the only one with significant Major League experience participating.