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Only a few winter league notes as the post-holiday news grind continues. Wilin Rosario gets clearance to play, Jhoulys Chacin struggles again. Also, Dan O'Dowd gets on a New York writer's "turkey" list.
Catcher Wilin Rosario has been cleared to make his Dominican Winter League debut for the 2012/2013 season and could play for Cibao as early as today. Meanwhile in the same league, Charlie Blackmon continues to hit pretty well for the Toros del Este, batting .323 while showing good patience at the plate, albeit it looks like he took off for Thanksgiving as he hasn't seen game action since the 20th. Without power, Blackmon absolutely needs to have both a high average and OBP to have value in the outfield.
In other winter league action, Jhoulys Chacin still hasn't righted his ship, going through his second straight poor start (six runs allowed in four innings) in yesterday's game for Caracas. Josh Outman (for the Toros) has been racking up a decent amount of K's but has otherwise been pedestrian overall in his starts. The Rockies moves of the off-season to date, namely losing Josh Roenicke and Matt Reynolds in spots Outman could fill on the depth chart, have reinforced his expected contribution in 2013 more than any other Rockies player.
The New York Daily News' Bill Madden applies a turkey label to former Rockies general manager (current something or other) Dan O'Dowd and to former Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for their performances in 2012. Madden definitely seems to have a bee in his bonnet with regards to the Rockies front office of late, it's a bit disturbing that he's spending so much of his column space on the Colorado team when there's plenty to write about in Metsville these days.