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04/27/08 4:32 PM ET

Capellan gets a second shot with Rox

Righty reliever earns a call up to help out depleted bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- Right-hander Jose Capellan hopes to make the most of his second chance to impress the Rockies.

Capellan, who has pitched in the Majors for the Brewers and the Tigers, was acquired from the Tigers in a trade for right-hander Denny Bautista during the winter. But Capellan suffered an ankle injury early in Spring Training and didn't have much of a chance to impress.

The Rockies made him a starter at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and he did well enough in three starts (2-0, 3.94 ERA in 16 innings) to earn a call up to help a depleted bullpen. In a relief appearance during Saturday night's 11-3 loss to the Dodgers, Capellan gave up a run on three hits in his first inning, then pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two.

"I felt good," Capellan said. "They got a couple of hits in the first inning but I felt good. I wasn't too excited or anything like that. I just went out there to make the outs, that's it." "Everybody knows I didn't pitch in Spring Training, and I needed to pitch," Capellan said. "But I threw three good games, and I'm ready to go now. The reason I come is to stay here, to do my job. But anything else is not my decision."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.