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07/17/09 8:16 AM ET

Herges returns to Rockies

Veteran reliever was big contributor to Colorado's 2007 run

Matt Herges, a significant piece of the Rockies' bullpen during the club's run to the World Series in 2007, has rejoined the organization by signing a Minor League contract, The Denver Post reported late Thursday.

The 39-year-old right-hander will report to Triple-A Colorado Springs, Danny Horwits, Herges' agent, told the Post. He was designated for assignment earlier this month by the Indians, for whom he had a 3.55 ERA in 21 appearances. He became a free agent on Monday.

Herges has played for eight teams in his 11-year Major League career. He originally joined the Rockies as a free agent prior to the 2007 season and became a key reliever for them as they rallied late in the season to win a Wild Card berth and then the National League pennant.

He went 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 35 appearances during the regular season, but he shined in the postseason, allowing only two hits and no runs in seven innings. He was the winning pitcher when Colorado completed a sweep of Arizona in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

He pitched for the Giants in the 2003 NL Division Series, yielding no runs on only one hit in 4 1/3 innings. Herges has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, in the postseason during his career.

Herges compiled a 5.04 ERA in 58 appearances for the Rockies last season. He became a free agent afterward and signed with Cleveland in January.

Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.