Colorado Rockies: Four quotes that explain so much about the bullpen
By Kevin Henry
"“We have some (relievers) coming back that might potentially be able to give Bryan a little step back.”"
This was a quote from Black after Saturday’s loss to the Marlins at Coors Field where Shaw came in and surrendered a grand slam that completely deflated the party-like atmosphere that had enveloped the stadium all day with the celebration of Colorado’s all-time 25-man team.
These words were also the first time that Black had publicly admitted that Shaw might not be used in high-leverage roles. Shaw has been rolled out in 41 games, the most that any Major League pitcher has been used this season. Shaw has been a workhorse throughout his career and still could be in Colorado … but could it be in mop-up duty or as an “innings eater” moving forward?
What will be Shaw’s role when he returns from the disabled list? Black uttered this quote knowing that Mike Dunn, Scott Oberg and Carlos Estevez are working their way back from injury. Could one of them slide into Shaw’s role? Quite possibly … but any of these pitchers will need to prove he can hold down the role and live up to the pressure.
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There are options coming into the bullpen for the Rockies. It means changes are coming not only in terms of personnel but also potentially in terms of roles as well.