The Rockies need right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio to take a step forward when he faces the Giants in Sunday afternoon's finale of the four-game set at Coors Field, and they hope veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba can give him a push.
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was happy enough with his throwing and hitting in the batting cage that he believes he will be ready to return from his neck injury Friday, the day he is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list.
Rockies right-hander Matt Belisle has given up six runs in his last five outings, including Friday night's Buster Posey home run in the eighth inning. But manager Walt Weiss said he believes Belisle (1-2, 4.22 ERA) is in a good place.
Troy Tulowitzki hates sitting out of games when he's not seriously injured. But now he knows it was the right decision when the team made sure he missed three starts in a five-game stretch early this month with left groin inflammation.
Jordan Pacheco's grand slam helped the Rockies end their 10-game losing streak against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, 10-9, though they nearly squandered a five-run lead at Coors Field.
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood left a stunning last impression the last time he was in the Majors -- six scoreless innings in a 12-2 victory over the Dodgers on April 29. Now the Rockies are counting on him to do the same Saturday.
By calling up Tyler Chatwood to pitch Saturday, the Rockies will give right-hander Juan Nicasio an extra day's rest. Nicasio, who has struggled on and off this season, will start Sunday in the finale of the four-game set with the Giants.
Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis, placed on the disabled list Thursday with a left groin strain, rode a stationary bike and did some throwing Friday in an effort to stay sharp and possibly shorten his time out of action.
The consecutive second-inning home runs Thursday by Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton and rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado produced some age-difference trivia.
The Rockies erupted with three home runs through the first three innings, staking themselves to a 6-0 lead only to see it fade into an 8-6 defeat.
Starting pitcher Jon Garland was upset about coming out of the game after five innings Wednesday in Chicago, feeling that he's ready for deeper pitch counts.
From DJ LeMahieu's perspective, Thursday's callup from Triple-A Colorado Springs was about 40 games overdue.
Left-hander Jeff Francis, who pitched six sterling innings of one-run ball against the Cubs on Tuesday, went on the disabled list Thursday with a left groin strain.
The Rockies built their confidence with a 17-hit, 9-4 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night, and had a chance Wednesday to finish .500 on their road trip before losing, 6-3. But the first big stretch begins this weekend with four games against the defending World Series champion Giants at Coors Field.
Count the quality start as one of baseball's most maligned measurements. The minimum standard -- six innings and three earned runs -- computes to a 4.50 ERA, which is the quality of the back of the rotation. But when a team isn't meeting that standard consistently, like the 2012 Rockies, it means a lot.
Tuesday night's 9-4 victory over the Cubs wasn't in doubt, but things could have become hairy after two errors led to a mini Cubs rally in the eighth. But Rockies rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado quieted that by diving toward the line and making a strong throw to beat Alfonso Soriano to end the inning.
Rockies right-hander Jon Garland pitched five innings and watched four Wednesday night. That was way too much time as a spectator, as far as he was concerned. He gave up three runs and two homers, including a two-run shot to Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, and took his fourth loss in five starts, 6-3, at Wrigley Field in front of 38,083.
Veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt's fastball and his overall pitch mix was better in his second extended spring training outing on Tuesday than it was in his first. If all goes well in his next outing on Saturday, Oswalt likely will join Double-A Tulsa
For now, the Rockies are still counting on right-hander Juan Nicasio in their starting rotation.
Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler spent a beautiful 80-degree afternoon at Wrigley Field taking easy swings, hoping to regain his effectiveness.
Rockies rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado, just 22, came to town marveling at the history of Wrigley Field.
Carlos Gonzalez homered twice among his career-high five hits to back Rockies lefty Jeff Francis, who allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a 9-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.
Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said it is possible outfielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer can go on a rehab assignment and return from the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible on May 24, based on how Cuddyer's neck has responded to treatment for past injuries.
Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer Sunday not only unlocked the Rockies' offense in an 8-2 victory against the Cardinals, but it also helped validate the team's careful approach with his left groin.
Although Dexter Fowler's slump coincides with his leaving a May 3 game with right hip flexor soreness, manager Walt Weiss said he does not believe the injury is related to the 2-for-26 slide that Fowler entered Monday's opener against the Cubs with.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss is keeping a careful eye on the number of pitches his starters throw, particularly left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. But Weiss was willing to ask a little more of De La Rosa on Sunday afternoon.
Juan Nicasio allowed an Alfonso Soriano two-run homer in the first and was quickly down five runs after yielding six hits in the first two innings of a 9-1 loss to the Cubs in front of 35,080 at Wrigley Field.
Josh Rutledge's older brother, Michael, lives in Alabama, but works for the St. Louis-based Edward Jones investment company. So this was a good weekend for Michael to see his little brother play and bring along the parents, Tony and Cheryl.
Jorge De La Rosa held the Cardinals hitless until David Freese singled in the seventh and gave up just two hits in seven innings as the Rockies went on to win, 8-2, at Busch Stadium in front of 40,881.
Reliever Adam Ottavino and his mother, Eve, bonded over baseball. Ottavino recalls that the constant trips to various fields and sitting through games, often in the cold in the Northeast, were not chores for his mother.