Betancourt leaving the game with his groin injury. Image: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Links: Rockies News 6/25


After a day off yesterday, the Colorado Rockies resume action tonight in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. They remain three games back of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league.

From Bryan Kilpatrick: Tuesday Pebble Report: Daniel Winkler, Modesto no-hit San Jose (Purple Row)

AAA Colorado Springs: W 5-3 (42-34, 2nd, 2.5 GB)

The Sky Sox scored four times in the top of the second inning and held on for the victory despite Chris Volstad’s rough outing. Volstad lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed five hits and five walks. However, he only allowed two runs and was bailed out by an impressive performance from the Sky Sox bullpen, which allowed one run over 5.2 innings.

Charlie Culberson had two hits from the leadoff spot and Tim Wheeler drove in two runs. Greg Golson hit his fifth home run of the year in the fourth inning, giving the Sky Sox a 5-1 lead at the time. Kent Matthes went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. His batting average dropped to .700.”

From Troy Renck: Rockies’ bullpen could soon get boost from Betancourt, Escalona (Denver Post)

As such, the most important thing that occurs Tuesday night at Fenway Park might happen during batting practice. That’s when closer Rafael Betancourt and middle reliever Edgmer Escalona will throw to hitters, testing out injuries for a second time. Betancourt has improved dramatically since a right groin injury forced him to the disabled list. He underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy three weeks ago and has made steady progress since.”

From Melissa Felkins: Pagan Out 12 Weeks; Gaudin To DL (Around The Foghorn)

Bad news Giants fans. Baggs, Schulman, and Pavlovic are reporting that Angel Pagan is having surgery tomorrow and will be out 10-12 weeks, at least.”

From Joe Giglio: Roy Oswalt Proves He Has Plenty Left in the Tank to Impact the NL West Race (Bleacher Report)

While it was odd to see the sight of Roy Oswalt in a Rox uniform, his presence and any ability left in his 35-year-old tank could be the difference between Colorado acting as a buyer or seller at the July 31 trade deadline.

“The opening act to Oswalt’s latest gig didn’t yield great results (5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER in a loss to Washington). But his ability to miss bats, command the strike zone and dominate on occasion suggests the chance remains for the former Astros star to regain a moderate level of success.”

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