Saturday Rockpile: Guthrie on Track to Return, Giambi Bummed About Mariano Rivera, More

April 16, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (15) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

We're going completely link-based today, as this old grizzly bear has a softball tournament to get to shortly.

Giambi saddened by news of Rivera's injury | News
Lots of good stuff from Thomas Harding, including Jason Giambi's thoughts on the tough situation for his former teammate Mariano Rivera, Carlos Gonzalez's hot streak (which took a temporary detour last night), and some injury updates.

Jeremy Guthrie is part of that last category, as he appears to be ready to return to the mound on Tuesday in San Diego. Once that happens, the Rockies will need to decide if they're going to demote the recently called-up Carlos Torres, or if they're going to send down the struggling Edgmer Escalona, who has already had a couple of blowups out of the bullpen this season. Both players have an option remaining. They also may make an entirely different move. Who knows with these guys...

Rockies' Marco Scutaro overcomes slow start - The Denver Post
The Rockies' second option at second base has turned out to be a good one, writes Patrick Saunders. The Rox failed at landing Martin Prado, whom they've coveted for some time now. However, they landed Scutaro, and while he's still trying to find his way, he is also quietly improving. It's doubtful that his OPS+ will be this low (74) a month or so from now. And, it was a better baseball move for the Rockies, who only had to give up Clayton Mortensen as opposed to having to deal Dexter Fowler (among possibly others) to have a shot at landing Prado.

Sky Sox's Matt McBride turning into bonus player for Rockies - The Denver Post
Irv Moss profiles Matt McBride, who has received some attention for raking in Colorado Springs (warning - PCL/SSS alert) as well as handling catching and corner infield duties well. In addition, Moss has notes on McBride's Sky Sox teammates Alex White and Jordan Pacheco, as well as updates on injured first-rounders Kyle Parker and Tyler Anderson.

San Diego Padres closer Huston Street has strain near shoulder - ESPN
Bad news for the former Rockie and his new team, as Street has been pitching well thus far (0.93 ERA, 13 K, 2 BB in 9.2 innings).

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