Edwar Cabrera (left shoulder impingement) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session last month.
We've read nothing further regarding Cabrera, which probably means he isn't close to a rehab assignment. The 25-year-old lefty was placed on the 60-day disabled list in February. He's eligible for activation, but not healthy enough to pitch. Cabrera ranked as Colorado's ninth best prospect by MLB.com this offseason.
Adam Ottavino boasts a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 relief innings for the Rockies.
Ottavino has pitched exceedingly well as a swingman, posting a 24/5 K/BB rate and 1.12 WHIP in 14 appearances. As a 27-year-old, he appears likely to remain in the majors over the duration of an entire season for the first time in his career.
Rockies optioned 2B Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Manager Walt Weiss indicated recently that he was going to stick with Rutledge through his slump, but evidently he had a change of heart. The second baseman sports just a .242/.298/.357 batting line for the season and is hitting only .206/.250/.294 over his last 11 games. The Rox appeared poised to go with D.J. LeMahieu at second base for now.
D.J. LeMahieu is expected to take over as the Rockies' starting second baseman following the demotion of Josh Rutledge.
Rutledge's recent slump and LeMahieu's .412/.444/.529 batting line early on, along with his solid defense, has convinced the Rockies to make a change. LeMahieu is a .294 career hitter over 125 games, but he offers next to nothing in the power and speed departments, making him worthy of picking up only in NL-only formats.
Carlos Gonzalez homered and tripled Wednesday in the Rockies' 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
The starting outfield for the NL All-Star team is going to be awfully interesting. Bryce Harper and Justin Upton would seem to have great shots of being voted in as starters, which would leave just one spot for Gonzalez, Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen and a handful of other strong candidates. Gonzalez is hitting .302 with 11 homers and eight steals in eight attempts. He's also on pace to smash his career high in walks with 26 in 45 games so far.
Jorge De La Rosa improved to 6-3 after limiting the Diamondbacks to one run in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday.
De La Rosa has been strong so far in his first full year back from back from Tommy John surgery. The guess here is that he will wear down this summer -- he's pitched more than 130 innings just once in his career -- but he's been quite an asset for the Rockies so far.
With Rafael Betancourt sidelined, Rex Brothers earned his first save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Brothers has allowed just one run in 21 1/3 innings this season, so he was an obvious choice to close in Betancourt's place. Since it currently appears that Betancourt will avoid the DL, Brothers isn't guaranteed additional saves.