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Tuesday Rockpile: Fowler Up?, ??? Down, Baylor Out??

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Late last night, Brent Briggeman of the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the Rockies have called up Dexter Fowler.  No corresponding move was reported.

"I got the message that he was going to be up" (Sky Sox manager) Cole said. "What move they're going to make, I don't know."
"I learned a lot down here," Fowler said. "Learned how to swing a little bit. I'll just go back there and try to contribute."

There is no denying Fowler has earned a trip out of the minors.  In 124 PA, he is sporting a scalding .423 wOBA, including a 1.045 OPS as a left-handed batter and .931 OPS from the right side.  For those concerned about his switch-hitting, he had a better strikeout and line drive rate from the left side as well, hitting both home runs that way for good measure.  

Getting the call moments before the fourth game of a six-game road trip in California is atypical, perhaps suggesting he is arriving to replace an injured player.   However, Brad Hawpe pinch-hit last night, the other three outfielders showed no ill effects as all hit home runs, and Troy Renck says Todd Helton is fine.  He certainly won't be replacing Jonathan ten-game-hit-streak Herrera, and leaving Chris Nelson as the only logical (hard-luck) victim of the move. 

The telecast relayed nothing of the news, and no Rockies beat writer or any other news source has apparently heard of the call-up as of 8am MDT.  As David OhNo pointed out last night though, the Rockies face three consecutive left-handed pitchers (and four of five).  This might be a good time to give Brad Hawpe some extra rest.  You can bet Purple Row will be on this as soon as anything is reported.

UPDATE:  Troy Renck has confirmed with Dexter Fowler's agent that Dex has been called up.  There is still no news as to the corresponding move, but unless Todd Helton's back is far worse than he led on, it will almost certainly be optioning Chris Nelson back to Colorado Springs.



Offense saves Ubaldo at San Diego - The Denver Post
Thank goodness the offense woke up last night.  Four home runs at PetCo?  The Padres gave up 10 runs at home for the first time this season and fell to 2-5 against Colorado.  One can hardly tell Ubaldo Jimenez had a poor outing by Renck's game wrap, but check the major league stats leaders.  Ubaldo is no longer alone atop the ERA leaderboards, and checking the other traditional non-W/L stats, the other guy has a pretty compelling argument to start the All-Star Game and be a Cy Young front-runner.

Olivo's latest homer puts him on pace for Dominican record - The Denver Post
Miguel Olivo is needed 23 home runs to break the Dominican record for career home runs by a catcher, set by his second cousin Tony Pena.

What The Colorado Rockies Should Do | FanGraphs Baseball - Dave Cameron chimes in with his plan for the Rockies if he were Dan O'Dowd.  It is a very fair assessment, worth the read, though nothing expands further than common Purple Row discussion.

Baylor is feeling skipped over in managerial mix - The Boston Globe
With the Rockies underperforming offense until the last seven days, many Rockies fans wondered if the club should give hitting coach Don Baylor his walking papers.  It doesn't appear Dan O'Dowd will go in that direction, but Baylor might be gone anyway, if he had his way.  He played for Baltimore for four seasons and says "that's where my heart is."  It might be tough for him to get the Baltimore gig though:  he was fired from his managerial position with the Cubs by current Oriloe president Andy McPhail.

CastroTurf: "Anthony Castrovince"  The MLB blogger has heard that :C himself, Sal Fasano, is a finalist for Toronto's managerial job.  Cito Gaston is expected to retire after the season.  He is managing one of the Blue Jays' A-ball teams.

The starters for my minor league all-star team - The Hardball Times - Matt Hagen
Posted late last week, only one Rockies' farmhand appears, and he isn't even a PuRP.