The Colorado Rockies’ pitching staff is about to get a boost.
It’s not certain if the San Diego Padres’ offense will get one as
Aaron Cook will make his season debut for the Rockies on
Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series with the Padres, who
may have prized prospect Anthony Rizzo stay with the big club after
getting his injured left thumb examined.
Cook, who led the Rockies with 16 wins in 2008 and is the club’s
career leader with 69 victories, had been dealing with shoulder
stiffness in spring training before breaking the ring finger on his
pitching hand when he caught it in a door.
The right-hander’s return will be welcomed as Colorado (28-32)
has already lost Jorge De La Rosa for the season with a torn elbow
ligament and watched 19-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez go winless over
the first two months of 2011.
Cook, 6-8 with a 5.08 ERA in 23 starts last year, also will make
his debut at a venue where he’s been real successful. He’s 7-1 with
a 2.21 ERA in 11 games at Petco Park, with only loss coming in
“I’m comfortable pitching there,” Cook told the Rockies’
official website last week. “To have the best-case scenario out of
something bad would be to come back and pitch in San Diego.”
While Cook is slated to start, the Padres (28-34) are not
divulging what they plan to do with Rizzo – a first baseman and key
piece acquired when Adrian Gonzalez was dealt to Boston over the
Playing for Triple-A Tucson, Rizzo has dominated opposing
pitchers, batting .365 with a .444 on-base percentage, 16 homers
and 63 RBIs. San Diego is currently led by Chris Denorfia’s .302
average and Ryan Ludwick’s eight homers and 37 RBIs.
General manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that Rizzo will be in San
Diego to have his thumb looked at by a specialist. If Rizzo doesn’t
debut against the Rockies, he could do so later this week versus
Rizzo suffered the injury in a collision with an umpire on May
“There’s no structural damage,” Rizzo told the Arizona Daily
Star. “It’s just swollen. It’s a bruise just like we said all
Dustin Moseley (2-6, 3.00) will try to win consecutive starts
for first time this season for San Diego. The right-hander limited
Houston to one run and six hits in seven innings of the Padres’ 3-1
Moseley allowed six runs and a season-high nine hits over four
innings of San Diego’s 12-7 loss on May 13 in Denver.
After getting blanked in the series opener, San Diego answered
with a 2-0 victory Tuesday. Alberto Gonzalez and pitcher Tim
Stauffer had back-to-back, two-out RBI singles in the fifth inning
off Jimenez, now 1-6 despite a season-high eight strikeouts.
”He deserved a heck of a lot better fate than he got,” Rockies
manager Jim Tracy said. ”He was terrific. He looks like the Ubaldo
Jimenez of old.”
Seth Smith has two hits for Colorado, which has scored 13 runs
on a 3-5 road trip with one game left.