SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s trying increasingly probably that veteran right-hander Chad Bettis would be the Rockies’ No. 5 starter.
Not solely has Bettis pitched effectively this spring, however younger right-hander Antonio Senzatela is coping with an contaminated blister on his proper heel. Supervisor Bud Black stated Friday that Senzatela “shall be out some time.” That can make it troublesome for Senzatela to construct up sufficient innings to be a starter earlier than the common season open at Miami on March 28.
Plus, Bettis, 29, has a strong pedigree. He began final season sturdy, going 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA earlier than fingers blisters put him on the injured checklist. Final Sunday, Bettis pitched 4 scoreless innings vs. the Dodgers’ “A” lineup, hanging out 5 and going through the minimal 12 batters.
Energy right-hander Jeff Hoffman is pitching higher than he did final spring when he battled shoulder soreness, however he’s nonetheless looking for consistency.
Cactus League begin. Pitching prospect Peter Lambert made his first Cactus League begin Friday vs. Kansas Metropolis and turned in a strong efficiency. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed one unearned run on three hits, walked none and struck out two throughout Three ⅔ innings. Although Lambert’s fastball wasn’t as sharp as he would have favored, he induced seven groundball outs and flashed an efficient changeup and curveball.
“I used to be proud of my efficiency,” stated Lambert, who’s probably will start the season at Triple-A Albuquerque, the place he completed final 12 months. “Issues acquired away from me a little bit bit within the fourth inning, however apart from that I used to be proud of my efficiency.”
Supervisor Bud Black additionally was impressed.
“It was a superb outing — the one factor vital is (he was not) actual environment friendly,” Black stated, noting that Lambert’s threw 69 pitches. “However on the optimistic aspect, he acquired his exercise in. He’s doing wonderful.”
Footnotes. Second baseman Garrett Hampson has not performed in six days due to soreness in his proper hamstring. He may very well be again within the lineup on Saturday. … On Thursday, right-hander German Marquez struck out 10 in six innings in a minor-league sport towards Arizona. … Friday on a again discipline, lefty Tyler Anderson pitched 5 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on 4 hits, together with a house run and a double. He struck out one and walked one.