07/17/2003 11:06 PM ET
Notes: Wilson honored
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lost amid his first All-Star appearance, and the surrounding hype of the game itself, was Rockies center fielder Preston Wilson's selection as Co-Player of the Week, with Montreal's Livan Hernandez, for the week ending July 13.
Wilson, in the midst of his greatest season as a Major Leaguer, was rewarded with the honor after driving in 15 runs while batting .429 (12-for-28) during the week leading up to the All-Star Game. He hit four home runs while compiling a .964 slugging percentage.
"It definitely means something," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "His game is at the highest level it's ever been. To be recognized as Player of the Week is a tip of the hat."
Wilson, who singled in his only at-bat of the All-Star game at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, has heated up with the weather. His 21 RBIs this month are the most in the Majors. Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is next with 16.
"It's huge for me," Hurdle said. "I still get caught up in it. He's been through trials and tribulations over the years and now he's enjoying the game, and his personal life."
Wilson went into the All-Star break with 23 home runs, matching his total from last year, and 91 RBIs, the most ever by a Rockie at the break. Andres Galarraga had 84 in 1997, and Todd Helton matched that in 2001. Wilson became just the 10th player, and the first National Leaguer, to have 90-plus RBI at the break.
In addition to his offensive prowess, Hurdle has also been impressed with Wilson's defensive abilities.
"He's got RBIs in his glove, too," said Hurdle. "To watch him cover that much ground and see what he's done every day has been fun. He's brought at least two balls back from over the fence."
Chacon ready to pitch: Rockies pitcher Shawn Chacon, who will be activated from the disabled list in time to pitch Saturday, can't wait to get back into action.
"It's not like starting over, it's just like coming back after taking a few days off," said Chacon. "Everything is great. There are no problems, no soreness, no nothing. I'm ready to go."
Chacon is enjoying his best season yet, having won 11 of 15 decisions before going on the DL with inflammation in his right elbow.
"He was fine in Colorado Springs," said Hurdle of Chacon's rehab start with the Sky Sox on Sunday. "We feel confident about his health."
Chacon said he used the three-inning stint to test all his pitches against live batters. Despite allowing two runs on five hits, he felt good about the rehab assignment.
"I had done plenty of bullpen work," said Chacon. "It was just a chance for me to see how my pitches worked in a live situation."
Hurdle said there won't be any limitations on Chacon.
"It's pretty much a normal start," he said. "Once he gets to 75 pitches we'll talk to him and see how he's feeling."
Bernero joins team: Adam Bernero suddenly found himself with a new baseball address on the final day of the first half of the season. The good news was he didn't have to change his travel plans one iota.
For Bernero, whom the Rockies acquired in a trade from the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, the trade actually made his All-Star break plans easier.
Bernero is from Elk Grove, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento, and with the Rockies opening the second half in San Francisco, all he had to do was make a two-hour drive instead of a four-hour plane trip to Chicago, where the Tigers were scheduled to open the second half.
Thursday was Bernero's first day with the Rockies.
"I just got here," he said about three hours before game time. "So far everybody has been good to me. I'm just trying to get to know everybody."
Bernero found out about the trade, in which Detroit acquired Ben Petrick, after his pregame warmups. He last pitched July 6 in Kansas City and last started July 2.
"But I've stayed ready," he said. "I want to get out there."
Bernero, 1-12 with the Tigers, will be used out of the bullpen with the Rockies.
"We got him to fill a void in the bullpen," said Hurdle. "He has been very effective one time through the lineup. He's a good fit for us. Down the road [starting] can be revisited."
Bernero was originally picked by the Rockies in the 36th round of the 1996 draft but was never tendered a contract.
"We talked about that," said Hurdle. "But he's pitched his way to the big leagues."
Grand performance: Colorado Springs outfielder Rene Reyes played in the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game on Sunday and knocked a two-run homer during Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game in Memphis, Tenn. Reyes' Pacific Coast League All-Stars lost to the International League All-Stars, 13-9.
Coming up: Left-hander Darren Oliver will face San Francisco for the fourth time this season Friday. He'll be opposed by Jim Brower. Oliver is 2-1 against the Giants this year and 4-3 in his career.
Rick Eymer is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com