Colorado Rockies: Four quotes that explain so much about the bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 20: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run off of Jake McGee #51 of the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning at AT&T Park on May 20, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-5. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 20: Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run off of Jake McGee #51 of the Colorado Rockies during the seventh inning at AT&T Park on May 20, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 9-5. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – MAY 10: Pitcher Mike Dunn #38 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on May 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – MAY 10: Pitcher Mike Dunn #38 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on May 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

"“When you look at the eight-man staff, which we’ll likely carry through September, there are going to be some of those guys in the bullpen now. The other two spots could change. That will depend on performance and injury. Rest assured, the guys who are proven veteran pitchers will be in our bullpen.”"

Again, let’s be clear about one thing … the veteran pitchers like Shaw, Dunn, McGee and Davis aren’t going anywhere. They are a part of Black’s plan for this season and the near future.

The pieces around them, however, may change. Their roles may change as well. Could a Jeff Hoffman or Antonio Senzatela or Harrison Musgrave or Carlos Estevez or Yency Almonte play a more prominent role in the bullpen as the season goes along? Absolutely … but Black will still need to throw his veterans at some point. As hot as Adam Ottavino has been so far this season, Black can’t throw him every game. He will need other guys to step up and take their place in the “I can trust this pitcher to come into the guy in a clutch situation” category. Right now, that category is pretty bleak.

Estevez is on his way to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment and that could be very good news for the Rockies bullpen … if he performs at the level he is capable of performing.

Whoever is in the Rockies bullpen as the season churns along, if the veterans can’t perform, younger players will need to step up.

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