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Saturday Rockpile: Contreras debuts tonight, Fowler heading to Tulsa, Ortiz released

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Contreras takes spot as starter in Cook's absence - The Denver Post
Recently-acquired Jose Contreras will make his Rockies debut tonight. Jose is excited to be pitching for a contender and anxious to right the personal ship that ruptured and began to sink in Chicago. As one of the pessimists regarding this deal, I hope that he proves me wrong. Also in the article, Dexter Fowler rehab assignment has been changed - he'll report to Double-A Tulsa and will play three games for the Drillers this weekend. Let's hope all goes well for Dex.

Key players for Cubs, Rockies, Giants, Braves and more contenders - Cliff Corcoran - SI.com
Aaron Cook is listed as one of the major keys for his respective team, as far as the playoff push goes, in all of baseball according to SI.com's Cliff Corcoran. In a perfect scenario, Aaron Cook could come off the DL sometime next week. However, he has not one but two lingering injuries, and needs both to be fully healed. Otherwise, he'll be at risk of overcompensating even more, and/or being generally ineffective. I'd say Jose Contreras probably has a larger part in determining the Rockies' success/failure than Cook at this point.

Inside the Colorado Rockies " Four Pitchers Going to AFL | Major League Baseball in Denver
Seven Rockies prospects will be heading to the Arizona Fall League after the season. Chaz Roe is one to watch closely; Roe struggled in the AFL last year after wearing down at the end of the season.

Rockies Release Russ Ortiz: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
The Russ Ortiz reclamation project has officially ended, according to Diamond Leung. Ortiz allowed 12 runs in 14 innings and posted a 2.00 WHIP.

Out of thin air the Rockies have become more than a - 10.15.07 - SI Vault
This article appears in the "SI Vault" section of SI.com's MLB page. Good times.