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Rotowire: Apr 25 / 9:08a ET
News: Brothers has struggled in the early going at Triple-A Albuquerque, surrendering four runs on six hits and six walks over five innings.
Impact: Control issues resulted in a terrible 2014 campaign for Brothers, and ultimately cost him a bullpen job with the Rockies out of spring training this season. It doesn't appear that he's turned the tide at Albuquerque, so until he's able to remedy his inability to find the strike zone, a promotion back to the big club won't be forthcoming. The way things have been trending over the last year and change, it would be less surprising to see Brothers outrighted off the 40-man roster than it would be to see him regain a meaningful setup role with the Rockies.
Rotowire: Apr 1 / 5:41p ET
News: Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Impact: Brothers was a bit inconsistent with the Rockies in a small sample size this spring, as he had five scoreless outings, but surrendered a combined seven earned runs in his other three times on the hill. He'll get a chance to work it out in the minors, and will have to work his way back up if he wants to pitch in high-leverage situations for the Rockies this year.
Rotowire: Mar 7 / 8:05p ET
News: Brothers has yet to make his Cactus League debut, as he continues to work with the coaching staff on addressing some mechanical issues, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Brothers has been limited to throwing side sessions so far this spring while the coaching looks to identify any underlying issues with his approach that might have contributed to his inexplicable implosion in 2014. At this point a year ago, there was a strong belief Brothers would quickly wrest the closer's role away from LaTroy Hawkins, but the lefty's struggles from April on quashed those plans. Any hope that Brothers will bounce back and become a serviceable setup man again will hinge on his ability to trim his walk rate, which ballooned to 6.2 BB/9 last season.