PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies catching prospect Wilin Rosario said the rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right knee is going well, and he hopes to play at full speed the first week of April.
"I can't wait to get into a game," Rosario, 22, said. "Right now, [I'm] focused on the recuperation and performing well this season. My goal is to work hard and get to the big leagues. It's the same dream every Minor League player has."
Rosario, who hit .285 with a career-high 19 home runs and 52 RBIs for Double-A Tulsa last season, is on track for a return to the Minor Leagues, at least to start the season, and it appears Colorado is taking a cautious approach with its top catching prospect.
2010 Spring Training - Colorado Rockies
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Spring Training Info
Rogers set to start or relieve
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers is concerned about his role on the staff, but said he's not letting it get to him.
He said he walks with confidence in the clubhouse this spring, though he's not feeling overconfident.
Rogers, who gave up one hit and struck out one in two scoreless innings against the D-backs on Monday, is competing for a job in both the bullpen and the rotation, but he is not putting any extra pressure on himself. He expects to pitch this week and said he'll let the club's management decide where he fits in the best.
"I don't have any idea of what's going to happen with me. I'm just trying to do my job," Rogers said. "If they need me for the bullpen, I'll go to the bullpen. If they need me for the rotation, I'll go to the rotation. All I ask is that God gives me and my arm the health to do what I have to do right now."
Last season, Rogers went 2-3 with a 6.13 ERA in 72 innings over 28 games (eight starts) for the Rockies. He went 0-2 with a 12.79 ERA for Licey in the Dominican Winter League.
"I am trying to make this time as normal as possible," he said. "I know what I have to do and I know my body can do it."
Tracy loves newer, shorter bus ride
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy had one word to describe the 25-minute bus ride from the team's new facility in Scottsdale to Peoria Stadium to take on the Padres in his club's first road trip of Cactus League play this spring.
"Beautiful," Tracy said. "It was beautiful."
It was literally a change of pace.
Before the Rockies relocated to Scottsdale, the same trip to Peoria from their old home in Tucson would have taken up to 2 1/2 hours. The bus ride back could take up to three hours because of traffic on Interstate 10. Colorado used to average three or four trips a week from Tucson to the Phoenix area for games.
"I didn't know what to do. I couldn't read the paper. I couldn't read a book. I couldn't do the word jumble or cryptoquote, because I might not have enough time to get it done," Tracy joked. "What goes along with that is that the ride back is going to be just as long. We'll be able to have dinner with our families tonight for the first time in Rockies history. What is that? Eighteen years? It's pretty nice."
Starter Reynolds fills in nicely for Ubaldo
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies pitcher Greg Reynolds has a chance to contribute to the organization this season if he can stay healthy.
So far, so good.
Filling in for Ubaldo Jimenez, who was scratched with an infection in the fingernail on his right thumb, Reynolds allowed two hits and struck out one in three scoreless innings in a 7-3 loss against the Padres on Wednesday. On Saturday against the D-backs, Reynolds gave up two hits, including a solo home run, in two innings.
"I am very pleased with what I saw today," manager Jim Tracy said. "This kid was aggressive. He went after hitters. He was allowing the other guys to participate."
Reynolds reached the big leagues in 2008, but sustained an injury in a muscle in the back of his shoulder and underwent surgery the next year. Last spring, he was slowed after enduring a chipped elbow when hit by a line drive during batting practice. He finished the year in Double-A Tulsa and could be on track to join the Triple-A club in Colorado Springs when camp breaks this season.
"He was in a very good place last year, I really believe this," Tracy said. "He was in a similar place as to where he is at right now. ... The ball came out today better than it did the first time out. It really did. The guy knows how to pitch and he's a very good athlete."
Tracy expressed his pleasure with his team's defense and the baserunning, along with the play of Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki, who hit his first spring homer, a two-run shot.
"We did a lot of good things right today," Tracy said. "We have been since we started."
Rockies owner Monfort in hospital after fall
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies owner/general partner Charlie Monfort was being treated at a Scottsdale hospital on Wednesday for injuries he received in a fall. As of early Wednesday evening he was "expected to be released shortly," the club announced.
Monfort, 51, is a general partner along with his brother, Dick Monfort, who is owner, chairman and chief executive officer of the club.
-- Thomas Harding