Pair of callups bolsters Rockies' bullpen
Morales, Deduno added to rejuvenate relief corps
DENVER -- The Rockies' beleaguered bullpen had some much-needed assistance on Friday with the callups of Franklin Morales and Samuel Deduno.
The southpaw Deduno, who impressed in Spring Training with what Rockies manager Jim Tracy calls a "wipeout" curveball, will be making his big league debut.
"I'm excited to be here," said Deduno, who hit the first ball he saw in batting practice over the center-field fence. "I've been waiting for this for a long time."
The 27-year-old was bothered with elbow soreness this year but went 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 30 2/3 innings with Triple-A Colorado Springs. With the placement of reliever Manuel Corpas on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, Tracy said Deduno likely will be used in long situations.
"He has two swing-and-miss pitches," Tracy said. "He's got a devastating breaking pitch. ... Now, can we get to that? Are we good enough where we can get to that and force guys to swing at it? That's what we're going to try to figure out."
With the placement of second baseman Clint Barmes on the bereavement list, the Rockies were also afforded the opportunity to recall Morales, who was 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 23 appearances this season entering the series opener against the Dodgers.
"He's had some success since we moved him back to Colorado Springs," Tracy said. "Franklin Morales goes a long way in dictating how I use him. You first create an opportunity for him so I can regain a feel as to where he's at. But command is the bottom line with Franklin Morales. If he throws the ball over the plate at 96 mph with the other pitches he has, he's got a real good chance to get you out."
Entering Friday, Morales had 18 walks and 15 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings pitched this year.
Rockies without services of Corpas, Barmes
DENVER -- The Rockies are in a position to make a push in the National League Wild Card race thanks largely in part to second baseman Clint Barmes and reliever Manuel Corpas.
Now, they'll be without Barmes for the weekend series against the Dodgers and without Corpas for even longer.
The club placed Barmes on the bereavement list Friday as the infielder traveled home to Indiana to spend time with his sick father. Corpas, who was removed in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.
In July 2009, Corpas was shut down for the entire season to have bone spurs removed from his right elbow. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Corpas will seek a second opinion on Tuesday from Dr. Lewis Yocum.
"It's going to take a while," Tracy said. "Is it going to take the rest of the year? I won't say no, but I won't say yes, either."
Corpas, who surrendered four hits, three runs and a homer in 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday, has more appearances than any Rockies pitcher since 2006.
"You have to have a 'staff saver-type guy' in the 'pen," Tracy said. "And that's exactly who Manny Corpas has been for the Colorado Rockies."
Barmes is expected to rejoin the club Monday in San Francisco.
"The message was very clear to him from both myself and [general manager Dan O'Dowd]," Tracy said. "You take what you need. You only get one, so you take what you need."
The Rockies called up relievers Samuel Deduno and Franklin Morales from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the roster spots of the two players.
Tracy also said reliever Rafael Betancourt, who is nursing an abdominal sprain and was to play catch before Friday's game, is feeling much better and could be available for the series opener. Pitchers Jeff Francis and Matt Daley also threw bullpen sessions Friday.
Hawpe, Flores find new homes in AL
DENVER -- Former Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe signed a deal with the Rays on Friday and will report to Class A Charlotte before working his way back to the big leagues.
With the signing, Hawpe and former Rockies reliever Randy Flores -- both designated for assignment last week -- have found new clubs. Flores was signed by the Twins earlier this week.
An All-Star a year ago, Hawpe hit .255 with a .776 OPS, seven homers and 37 RBIs in 88 games for the Rockies this season. The 31-year-old spent most of his time in right field, but also played six games at first base. From 2006-09, he averaged 25 homers and 93 RBIs per season.
Flores, who posted a 2.96 ERA with 13 walks and 18 strikeouts while holding opposing lefty hitters to a .220 batting average, was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Wednesday. Minnesota will be responsible for about $150,000 remaining on his contract this season, after which he will become a free agent.
Two Rockies game times have been changed for contests in the next week. Wednesday's game at San Francisco (previously scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MT) has been moved up to 7:15 p.m. MT to accommodate Colorado's travel schedule. Heading to San Diego for a weekend series afterward, the Rockies' game against the Padres on Sept. 4 (previously 6:35 p.m. MT) was moved to 2:10 MT because the game was picked up for broadcast by FOX.
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.