04/08/12 3:12 PM ET
Colvin confident work will pay off at the plate
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Helton sits out series finale against Astros
HOUSTON -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was out of the starting lineup Sunday after playing twice against the Astros, but he knew he had work to do.Helton, who doubled in Friday night's season opener and went 0-for-4 with an RBI Saturday night, was not happy with his at-bats as each game progressed. "I'm disappointed in my swings at the end of the games, both nights," Helton said. Jason Giambi started at first on Sunday, as manager Jim Tracy rested not only Helton, but veteran second baseman Marco Scutaro and catcher Ramon Hernandez. Jonathan Herrera and rookie Wilin Rosario -- who threw out Jordan Schafer on a strikeout-double play in the first inning before connected on a two-run homer in the fourth -- made their first starts of the season. Additionally, Jordan Pacheco started at third instead of Chris Nelson.
Rockies to limit innings for Pomeranz
HOUSTON -- Rockies left-hander pitcher Drew Pomeranz is scheduled to pitch for Double-A Tulsa at Corpus Christi on Tuesday night.Pomeranz, 23, a rookie, is the club's fifth starter. The Rockies didn't need him the first time through the rotation, and they are trying to limit and pace his Major League innings.
Last year, Pomeranz threw a total of 119 1/3 innings between the Minors and the Majors -- where he threw 18 1/3 innings and went 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts for Colorado. It was his first professional season.The Rockies will give Pomeranz his 2012 Major League debut next Sunday at Coors Field against the D-backs. To make sure he is a part of the rotation throughout the season, the Rockies will skip Pomeranz on some occasions.
Josh Outman, who suffered a sprained right oblique while vomiting during a bout of food poisoning, played catch from 90 feet on Saturday and is taking Sunday off.Outman, a versatile left-hander who went 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 games (nine starts) for the Athletics last year, is making progress, according to Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger. However, he yet to be scheduled for game action at extended Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz. Rockies outfield prospect Charlie Blackmon, who was challenging for a roster spot before suffering a right big toe injury during Spring Training, will play in extended Spring Training games this week. The Rockies have changed his shoes and added orthotics. Blackmon hit .255 in 27 games last year before suffering a broken right foot. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, scheduled to return in late May or June from elbow surgery, is scheduled to throw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Monday -- 20 pitches, then rest, then 15, then 20. He should participate in a simulated game April 16 or 17.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.