Does anyone want a spot in the Colorado Rockies rotation?

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The Colorado Rockies are looking for two players to fill the void in the rotation with the injury to Jorge De La Rosa and the release of Jhoulys Chacin, yet no one is stepping up.

Unfortunately for Eddie Butler Monday afternoon, it wasn’t his performance that hindered his chances at making the Opening Day roster, it was the fact that he left the game with a fatigued right shoulder – not good. After Butler’s Major League debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers last June, he was immediately placed on the disabled-list with right rotator cuff inflammation. Butler reappeared in September for Colorado, going 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA.

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Jon Gray was kicking you know what and taking names up until his last start Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. Gray didn’t even make it out of the first frame, yielding four hits, seven runs-six earned, one walk, and striking out two. As noted in a previous post of mine, Gray’s ERA went from a pretty good 2.08 to a balmy 5.93 in just a matter of two outs.

Christian Bergman, whom I believe is a lock either way, ran into a rough go of it Sunday afternoon in a split-squad game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bergman cruised through two scoreless innings, then lost all control. Bergman gave up six runs-six earned on eight hits over three innings pitched. Bergman saw his ERA rise to 5.52.

One guy who has been left of the radar by few due to the hype of prospects such as Butler and Gray, is veteran pitcher John Lannan. Lannan was signed for depth purposes and could very well be on his way to making the Opening Day roster. He hasn’t pitched much this Spring, making just three appearances out of the pen. Over 5.2 innings pitched, Lannan has given up two runs-two earned, on six hits, walking three and striking out six.

With just six days left and counting until Opening Day, it will be intriguing to see which two pitchers the Rockies go with to start the season.

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