Notes: The Rockies 'pen, one day later
After using 10 pitchers on Friday, Hurdle looks for starter
DENVER -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has always said he's not much of a fan of September callups. But Hurdle has to appreciate his expanded roster and expanded pitching staff these days.Friday night Hurdle used 10 pitchers and nine of his 12 available bullpen guys in a 10-4 victory over the Padres. An injury to starter Elmer Dessens in the third inning and the shrinking schedule led Hurdle to set a National League record and tie the Major League record for number of pitchers in a nine-inning game. "We've got volume," Hurdle said. "There can be strength in numbers and last night there were strength in numbers." Hurdle's numbers give him a bevy of possibilities for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. Dessens was the leading candidate to start that game, but he said his strained left hamstring was still sore on Saturday and Hurdle said Dessens was doubtful for Wednesday's start. Hurdle would not name a starter for Wednesday and his options could be endless with 13 pitchers at his disposal. The most likely starter could be Mark Redman, who said Saturday there's been discussion about starting him on Wednesday. Redman, who was activated on Friday, took over for Dessens on Friday night in the third inning. He faced four batters, walking two and giving up an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez. Because of Dessens' injury, Redman did not get to warm up in the bullpen. "I guess I was rusty a little bit just because I was never in that situation," Redman said. "You've got to be ready. It takes me a little bit longer to get warmed up, being a starter. Right now, I need to put myself in a better position to throw strikes. ... If I didn't put myself in a jam by walking guys, I probably would have stayed out there longer." Redman fared better in his two starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs with a 2.92 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. His success with Sky Sox, along with injuries to three Rockies starters, prompted the team to give him a chance this September. "I'm not going to draw any impressions, first time he pitched in 10 days," Hurdle said. "It'd be a while since he'd been down. We needed somebody to come in and try to give us some length. He wasn't able to do it last night." Buchholz will return Monday: Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz faced live batters on Saturday for the first time since his last appearance Aug. 28 in San Francisco. Buchholz said he should be available to return to the bullpen on Monday in Philadelphia. He threw 25 pitches to live batter, plus 10 warmup pitches, and said his arm felt good enough to make a return. "I'm probably going to be sore the rest of the year," he said. Buchholz, along with Matt Herges, have given the Rockies two quality long relievers the last two months. Buchholz has a 2.10 ERA in 20 relief appearances since moving from the starting rotation to the bullpen in early June. Herges was also unavailable for Saturday's game after throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings Friday. Rockies add another reliever: The Rockies purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Josh Newman from Triple-A Colorado Springs before Saturday's game. Space for Newman on the 40-man roster was made by placing relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez on the 60-day disabled list. Newman, who has never pitched in the Majors, went 3-2 with a 4.06 ERA in 55 relief appearances this season with the Sky Sox.
Stealing duo: Kazuo Matsui joined Willy Taveras with 30-plus steals this season. The Rockies are one of three teams with two players with at least 30 steals. Taveras leads the team with 32 steals and Matsui recorded his 30th on Friday night.Before this season, Matsui had 30 steals in his entire career. Matsui and Taveras are the fourth Rockies duo to steal 30 or more bases in a season. ... Entering Saturday, the Rockies had won eight straight Saturday home games. ... The Rockies 30-11 home record since June 2 is the best in the Majors. The Rockies are 42-27 at Coors Field for the season, the second-best home record in the National League behind the Brewers (45-26). Next up: The Rockies conclude their three-game series with the Padres on Sunday at Coors Field. Josh Fogg (8-9, 5.01) will pitch on an extra day's rest against the Padres' Chris Young (9-5, 2.38). Game time is 1:05 p.m. MT.
C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.