06/24/12 7:40 PM ET
Betancourt focused on helping Rockies win
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Outman apologizes for unintentional bump
ARLINGTON -- Rockies left-handed pitcher Josh Outman was mortified when he learned that many fans had the impression that he intentionally bumped manager Jim Tracy while being removed from Saturday's game against the Rangers.Tracy removed Outman one out shy of the five innings he needed to qualify for a win with an eight-run lead in a game the Rockies won, 11-7, and Outman strode angrily off the mound. As Outman handed Tracy the ball, their shoulders brushed. It wasn't exactly a National Hockey League-level body check, but the way it looked on television left it open to interpretation. To give Outman a chance for his first win of the year, Tracy had bent the 75-pitch limit that was set for starters when the rotation was reduced from five pitchers to four. But Outman faced six batters and had two runners on base when Tracy removed him. Outman said after the game he was mad at himself, and went to Tracy on Sunday after learning there was controversy over the incidental contact. "I told him I didn't realize I had done it until somebody had mentioned it," Outman said. "I told him, 'I hope you know I didn't mean to do that. I had no reason to bump you on purpose.' "He gave me a chance to get the win and I didn't execute. The only person I can be aggravated at is myself." Tracy said, "I completely understood where he was at. I had no feelings about it yesterday at all. You know the path that you're taking to the mound, and you know the path that he took. He was just very, very upset at himself." Outman ended up throwing 92 pitches, which means he will be monitored before the Rockies commit to him starting Wednesday at home against the Nationals. Outman played catch in the outfield on Sunday and didn't anticipate any problems. Tracy said Outman will start Wednesday as long as no problems occur. Outman will throw a bullpen session Monday at Coors Field.
Nelson out of lineup with twisted right ankle
ARLINGTON -- Rockies second baseman Chris Nelson, who has a five-game hitting streak and eight RBIs in his last eight games, did not start Sunday against the Rangers because of a twisted right ankle.In the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-7 victory, Nelson ranged to his right, juggled a bouncer up the middle by Elvis Andrus and nearly made the throw to first in time. But Nelson landed awkwardly on his right foot. Nelson is hitting .268 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
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.