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No. 34 was Matt Herges. But Matt Herges was never actually No. 34.
These days, Herges, a right-handed reliever for the Rockies, is wearing 77, a number that truly means something to him.
Before getting into his feelings about 77, how did he end up wearing numbers he didn’t care about for so long?
Herges spent much of his career wearing No. 49, but he’s also worn 48, 52, 31 and, earlier this year with the Indians, 40. He was issued 34, which he wore with the Rockies in 2007 and 2008, when he joined the club on Aug. 21 after a stint at Triple-A Colorado Springs. But fellow righty reliever Matt Belisle wore 34 for the Rockies to begin this season, and the club wanted to give him the number back when he returned to the Majors after a stint in Colorado Springs.
“That was fine,” Herges said. “I said, ‘I get to choose my own number now.’ I’d never had the opportunity. No one has ever said, ‘What number do you want?’ Every time I’ve either been traded or signed, I go to my locker and there it is.”
It’s a good number in Denver. Hockey’s Colorado Avalanche retired it after Ray Bourque helped them win a Stanley Cup. In football, it belonged to Broncos Ring of Fame member Karl Mecklenberg.
But it turns out Herges wasn’t seeking fame in Denver.
“Seven is a Biblical number, and I was telling some guys from Adam to Jesus, in that lineage, 77 generations,” Herges said. “I think that’s cool. And just the fact that the No. 7 gets mentioned a lot in the Bible. I remember Tony Batista wearing it, and I asked. I heard he was a man of faith. I’m like, OK.
“I looked into the number. You can just Google 77 and a bunch of stuff comes up and you learn about it. I was like, I’m going for it.”
It appears outfielder Matt Murton finally gets what he deserves — a chance to stay in the Majors. All Murton has done is hit .324 with 27 doubles, 12 home runs and 79 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs. At one point he set a Sky Sox record with a 29-game hit streak. But all that got him before now was two brief trips to the Majors.
Such is life when a team has a stacked outfield, the way the Rockies do. When the Rockies acquired him from the Athletics for infielder Cory Wimberly during the offseason, they figured part of Murton’s value was he had a Minor League option and could be sent up and down for roster purposes. That’s exactly what happened, even though Murton did well in Colorado Springs and decently in 22 games with the Rockies (.267, one home run, five doubles, six RBIs). But on Tuesday, Murton was one of four players from Colorado Springs to be called up for the final 24 games.
It’s not as if the Rockies are calling up Murton, infielder Mike McCoy and pitchers Matt Belisle and Jhoulys Chacin as rewards for a job well done. All could come into play in the final days. Murton had several big moments as a part-time player with the Cubs over the last several years. McCoy is valuable since starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is suffering from back spasms. With an expanded roster, having a couple of extra pitchers like Chacin — the team’s top prospect — and Bellisle around can’t hurt.
To keep the Major League roster below the 40-man limit, the Rockies made a couple of paperwork moves. By calling designating right-handed pitcher Adam Eaton for assignment and calling up infielder Chris Nelson but putting him on the 60-day disabled list, the club cleared the necessary spots so they could purchase the contracts of Belisle and McCoy.
For those interested, Murton (No. 14) and Chacin (45) will keep the same jersey numbers as they had in their earlier callups. McCoy will wear 18. Belisle returns wearing No. 34 after a trade with fellow righty reliever Matt Herges, who will wear 32.
The Rockies placed pitcher Aaron Cook on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder on Satuday, a day after he left a start against the Giants after facing one batter in the fourth inning. But Cook’s situation is still shrouded in uncertainty. The Rockies will know more after seeing the results of Cook’s MRI on Monday.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Cook could be looking at something similar to the shoulder strain that left-hander Franklin Morales suffered early in the season, which could mean 3 1/2 weeks. That would mean the Rockies could be without their veteran starter until the middle of September, which is not exactly the prescribed way to fight for a playoff berth. As for Wednesday’s start against the Dodgers, Tracy confirmed that right-handers Adam Eaton and Josh Fogg are in-house candidates.
To replace Cook, the Rockies called up right-hander Matt Herges from Colorado Springs. Herges was one of the bullpen leaders during the 2007 run that landed the Rockies in the World Series. He began this season with the Indians.
In more positive medical news, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returned to the club Saturday after spending much of Friday vomiting because of a bug he had. Tulowitzki is in the starting lineup, but the Rockies will keep a close eye on him.
But in a more ominous development, right-handed reliever Manuel Corpas, currently out after undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow, revealed that he underwent another surgery 10 days ago because of an infection in the forearm of that same arm.
To make room on the 40-man Major League roster for Herges, the Rockies moved Corpas to the 60-day DL.
After the arm and fingers swelled, doctors checked for other bone chips. Corpas has a device through which he is being administered antibiotics every 10 hours. Corpas said he hopes he could pitch in the playoffs, but he also said it’s possible the Rockies will shut him down and not allow him to pitch winter ball, as is often his custom.
Righty Juan Rincon, who is on the disabled list with right elbow soreness, had made two strong performances for Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment. Rincon said his rehab term expires Sept. 3, but he is hoping to be restored to the active roster once the limit is raised from 25 to 40 on Sept. 1.
Veteran right-handed reliever Mike Timlin has been moved to Triple-A Colorado Springs after two appearances scoreless appearances for Rookie-level Casper.
Timlin, a veteran of 18 Major League seasons, last appeared in the Majors for the Red Sox during last year’s American League Championship Series against the Rays.
That will give Colorado Springs two experienced relievers in case of injury. Matt Herges, who began this season with the Indians, also is there.