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07/20/12 10:57 PM ET

Schemmel recalls Sioux City crash on anniversary

SAN DIEGO -- Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel was one of the survivors of the violent crash landing of United flight 232, a Denver-to-Chicago flight that broke apart during a crash landing in Sioux City, Iowa, 23 years ago Thursday.

Schemmel was then the assistant commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association. League commissioner Jay Ramsdell was one of 112 people who died. To commemorate the event annually, Schemmel's tradition is to ride 112 miles on his bicycle. But because the ride didn't fit with the travel plans, Schemmel came up with a creative memorial.

"I did 112 minutes on the stationary bike at the hotel last night -- 112 people died in our crash 23 years ago yesterday," said Schemmel, who escaped the plane, then climbed back in to save an 11-month-old child in the crash aftermath. "My personal tribute on the anniversary."

Schemmel's book, "Chosen to Live" (Victory Publications, 1996), chronicles the crash and his personal struggle to overcome survivor's guilt, spiritual conversion and eventual recovery.

CarGo happy Sanchez now on his side

SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, acquired by the Rockies on Friday, struggled this season with the Royals. But the Carlos Gonzalez remembers a pitcher who was unhittable as an opponent, and one he's glad to now have as a teammate.

Before this season, Sanchez pitched for the Giants and faced the Rockies often, usually successfully. Gonzalez not only was 0-for-17 against him, but in 2010 -- on his way to the National League batting title -- a Sanchez pitch that Gonzalez fouled off left him with a painful right thumb and wrist injury that robbed him of home run power in the final days of the season.

"When I see him, I'm going to say, 'You cost me a wrist injury, my thumb, 0-for-ever,'" Gonzalez said. "He's a good pitcher, a tough lefty. Hopefully he'll join the team and be back to where he was, one of those dominating lefties who can help the Rockies win the division and win a lot of ballgames."

Sanchez, 29, was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals. However, few of the current Rockies hit Sanchez well when he was with the Giants from 2006-11

Worth noting

• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation, was scheduled to play Friday at Rookie-level Grand Junction. Helton was scheduled for two games with Grand Junction.

•: Rockies catcher Wil Nieves, on the disabled list with turf toe in his right foot, said Friday that he hopes to join Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday in Reno, Nev., to begin his injury rehab assignment.

• Tracy said infielder Jonathan Herrera, hospitalized on Tuesday with an infection in his left wrist, has been released from the hospital and is undergoing antibiotic treatment.

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.