Friday Rockpile: Final rotation spots are a wild ride

Troy Renck calls the Rockies' current state of the rotation "three men and two maybes." The former being Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jason Marquis. The two maybes being the fifth spot and the meltdown that is Jorge De La Rosa. Apodaca, Renck goes on, believes De La Rosa can overcome his demons, but he'll need to conquer them soon (because there's time, but it's running out). And Clint Hurdle has put Franklin Morales out in front for that fifth spot, but hasn't settled on anyone yet (because there's plenty of time). Stay tuned for the sequel (at some indeterminate time in the future) to "three men and two maybes": "three men, Jhoulys Chacin, and we're still trying to figure this last one out." Too long of a title to be a blockbuster?

In a side session yesterday, Jorge De La Rosa was hit by a Ryan Spilborghs line drive. Doesn't seem like it affected him all that much, and Spilly and Murton liked what they saw on his pitches. Good in practice is one thing, good in spring training games is another. Just as bad in spring training is one thing, bad in the regular season is another. Renck places Greg Reynolds as a serious contender for the fifth spot but still behind Morales.

Josh Fogg has been displaced in the fifth starter competition, now competing for just a spot in the bullpen. The writing is starting to appear on the wall for Fogg: "You're not long for this team."

Coming up later today, the Rockies take on the San Francisco Giants. Scheduled to pitch for the Rockies are Greg Reynolds, Josh Fogg, Glendon Rusch and Randy Flores.

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