The big league spring training roster slimmed down to 42 players today. The Rockies announced that they have optioned three players and reassigned nine others to minor league camp. The three players on the 40 man roster the team optioned are Ben Paulsen, Chad Bettis, and Chris Rusin.
Each player represents depth at his respective position. Paulsen, who gets most of his reps at first base, never had a great shot of making the team, as lefty Justin Morneau and righty Wilin Rosario have the cold corner covered. The Rockies have been stretching Bettis out as a starting pitcher in the hope that he can be called upon if injuries stack atop one another and other options are exhausted. Rusin will provide bullpen depth.
Pitchers Jair Jurrjens, Brett Marshall, Aaron Laffey, John Lannan, and Kraig Sitton were among the players reassigned to minor league camp. Catcher Audry Perez, utility infielder Omar Quintanilla, and outfielder Roger Bernadina have also been reassigned. All of these players are currently on minor league contracts. Infield prospect Trevor Story, who has had a fine spring, rounds out those reassigned.