Friday Rockpile: Bullpen Depth; Ubaldo Jimenez strong for Dominican Republic

The Denver Post reports that Taylor Buchholz is looking at May 1 as his return date to the Rockies. That's the start of a five-game road trip against the San Francisco Giants (three) and the San Diego Padres (two). Buchholz's injury is good news for Juan Morillo, as he now has an opportunity to make the roster instead of being placed on waivers and picked up by another team. As the article goes on, this could also be good news for, say, Josh Fogg if he doesn't win a spot in the rotation. He could make the team as a long reliever. Juan Morillo or Josh Fogg?

Ubaldo Jimenez threw three scoreless innings for the Dominican Republic yesterday, but the bats fell flat for him after the first inning. Jimenez struck out three, with Felipe Alou saying, "He has four great pitches going. For this early in spring, it's incredible." The article goes on to report that Randy Flores will make his debut today.

The Rockies face the Padres today, and maybe they'll see Everth Cabrera today. Cabrera has a good chance to make the Padres as a result of his long-term value, but right now he may be over-reaching on the defensive side of the game, according to Bud Black.

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