09/11/12 8:30 PM ET
Fowler getting it done atop Rockies' lineup
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Rockies recognize heroes during 9/11 ceremony
DENVER -- The Rockies commemorated the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. by honoring law enforcement, emergency response and military personnel during ceremonies before a game against the Giants at Coors Field.The occasion was observed with a celebration of patriotism. Also, the Rockies presented a check for $80,799.30 that the club collected from fans on June 29 and 30 for its Fire Relief Fund to help those who were victims of the many wildfires that affected the state of Colorado. Rockies owner and CEO Dick Monfort presented the check on the field. The club recognized 14-year Denver police officer Eric Denke, a recipient of his department's Distinguished Service Cross; Denver firefighter David Perez, founder of the Denver Firefighters Veterans Initiative and the Colorado Fallen Veterans Foundation; and 15 members of the U.S. Army Special Forces from Fort Carson as military heroes. The Littleton Fire Color Guard presented the colors, and before the national anthem, a large flag was supported by Air Force Academy cadets, including members of the Air Force Academy baseball team; about 45 members of the U.S. Navy Recruiting District; and individual active and veteran military, police and fire personnel and paramedics. After a moment of silence in honor of those who died in their duties, "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed by the United States Air Force Academy group Stellar Brass. The special-guest ceremonial first pitch was delivered by the family of fallen Englewood, Colo., police detective Jeremy Bitner, who was killed in an automobile accident in May. Bitner's wife, Tina, and children, Anabelle and Ascher Bitner, participated in the ceremony.
De La Rosa has solid Minor League outing
DENVER -- The Rockies received a positive report from left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's three innings Monday night for Modesto in a Class A California League playoff game.De La Rosa, completing his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery last June, held Bakersfield to one run, on a home run, and three hits, while striking out five in Modesto's 12-1 victory. The Rockies hope De La Rosa, whose quality and veteran leadership have been missed this season, can appear in a Major League game before season's end. It's not clear what De La Rosa's next step will be. Modesto trails in its playoff series and will have to stay alive for De La Rosa to have a chance to pitch there. Class A Asheville is the only other Rockies affiliate participating in playoffs. "If there's opportunity to pitch out there [in the Minors], it's safe to say we would consider that; if not, we would have to formulate a little bit different plan," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. De La Rosa returned to Denver on Tuesday to work out and be evaluated by the Rockies' training staff.
Rockies turn to Rosario after Hernandez's injury
DENVER -- Results were not immediately available from an MRI on the left hamstring of Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, who had to leave Monday night's game. However, the injury did not look good as Hernandez was being led off the field by the Rockies' training staff."I didn't like the gait, I can tell you that," manager Jim Tracy said. Hernandez was starting because of rookie Willin Rosario's recent defensive struggles, which included five passed balls in two games. After replacing Hernandez, Rosario let a blockable Guillermo Moscoso breaking ball squirt between his feet for a wild pitch. Tracy said Monday that Rosario's passed balls were unacceptable. On Tuesday, Tracy expressed faith in Rosario. "He's making strides," Tracy said. "I'm a big fan of this kid. All I have to do is watch the effort that he gives every day, know that he wants to learn, know how I've sat here over the last three-plus years and taken some beatings because of Dexter Fowler, 'Why is he hitting left-handed?' and 'How much longer are you going to play Carlos Gonzalez?' Those windows take a little time. You have to have the patience and the courage to endure the lapses that are going to come along with it. "This is another case that I really believe we will finish this project. He may make a liar out of me. So what? I don't think he will, just like I didn't think Fowler would and I didn't think Gonzalez would." First baseman-third baseman Jordan Pacheco and recent callup Matt McBride, who plays first and in the outfield, have caught some this season and will be Rosario's backups.
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.