06/10/12 7:57 PM ET
Moscoso helping Rockies any way he can
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Pomeranz, Chatwood having growing pains
DENVER -- Not only are the Rockies' starting pitchers struggling, but two key young arms are going through their growing pains in Triple-A Colorado Springs as well.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was in the early-season starting rotation, has issued 10 walks in his last two starts, which covered 10 1/3 innings. He has yielded just one run, but Major League lineups are not so forgiving. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, who started the year in the Rockies' bullpen, suffered a chest-muscle injury after being sent down, and is 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA, with 15 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Manager Jim Tracy said they have significant enough issues that it makes no sense to have them in the Majors, no matter how much the Rockies' staff is struggling.
"They're still working on it," Tracy said. "Even though it was just three innings, I was sitting in the ballpark [Thursday] at Security Service Field. Prior to that game, being suspended because of all that weather that was in the area, I saw Tyler Chatwood pitch three innings. I saw some things that, for me, they need to continue to be worked on.
"I still saw the fastball being sprayed around. If you bring that to the big leagues, you're going to go further backwards before you can go forward. In the case of Drew Pomeranz, we're working on cleaning up a delivery, and the walks ... What purpose would that serve?"
Nelson turning heads with improved play
DENVER -- Rockies infielder Chris Nelson is demonstrating why he earned an Opening Day start this season.Nelson began the year as the Rockies' third baseman, but suffered a left-wrist injury in late April, and found himself hitting .219 through May 14 before the Rockies placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Between his June 1 return and Sunday's start against the Angels, Nelson -- now stationed at second base -- he hit 4-for-10 (.400) with two home runs. "My biggest problem before was my wrist hurt; now that it feels good, this is where I need to be," Nelson said. The way Nelson struggled through pain made it easy to forget that he finished last year strong, and turned in some of the team's best at-bats this spring while earning a starting job. "Case in point was the home run he hit yesterday [off the Angels' Dan Haren] -- a line drive that kept right on carrying," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "There's more bat speed. It's evident. There were things going on with that wrist that needed to be taken care of." In Nelson's absence, rookie Jordan Pacheco put up strong numbers (.291 going into Sunday) as the third baseman. Nelson realizes he might have to be patient before he gets another run at playing time. "That's the way it happens," Nelson said. "You've just got to come back and find out where you fit in. It's not an issue with me at all."
Tulo pushing to return on Friday
DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki took batting practice at Coors Field on Sunday, and is pushing to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Wednesday and return to the club in Detroit on Friday -- the first day he is eligible to come off of the 15-day disabled list.Tulowitzki, who has not played since May 30 because of a left-groin strain, said he will come to Coors Field on Monday, with the team off, and take some swings and undergo further treatment. He said "I'm going to push" to return on Friday, but the team's medical staff is being cautious, making sure Tulowitzki takes his comeback steps in the proper order so that they can lessen the possibility of him re-injuring himself.
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.