06/02/12 8:39 PM ET
Nicasio exits with knee strain, status uncertain
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Still, Nicasio's early exit puts the Rockies bullpen in a potentially precarious position going into Sunday's finale of a three-game set against the Dodgers, as well as a three-game road series against the D-backs starting Monday night.The Rockies moved Josh Outman from a lefty relief specialist role to the starting rotation for Friday night's 13-3 victory over the Dodgers. Outman has experience as a starter but he hadn't thrown more than one inning in a game this year and was limited to 3 1/3 innings as he builds his pitch count. Relievers Carlos Torres (sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday), Adam Ottavino, Matt Belisle and Esmil Rogers finished the game. After Nicasio's five outs, Roenicke (2 1/3 innings) and lefty Matt Reynolds (two innings) matched their season single-game highs, and lefty Rex Brothers threw a season-best two innings in his return from a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Rogers threw the ninth. "You sit down at your desk and you start thinking about tomorrow," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "How will you handle it if it doesn't present itself in the way you want it to? We're hoping [Sunday starter] Alex White pitches the best game he's pitched since he put a Rockies uniform on. I personally feel he's getting closer to doing that."
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