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Edwar Cabrera lasts one turn in Rockies rotation

Jun 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

Edwar Cabrera AP

GM Dan O’Dowd and company are only getting more desperate.

In day 11 since going to a four-man rotation, the Rockies have made their third rotation switch, sending down Edwar Cabrera two days after he got lit up by the Nationals.

Cabrera, who was hauled up out of Double-A to make his major league debut, gave up seven runs — five earned — and three homers in a loss to Washington.

The Rockies didn’t demote him immediately afterwards, suggesting that they were leaning towards sticking with him. However, Thursday’s 11-inning game — which they won despite giving up 10 runs for a third straight day — left them with an exhausted bullpen, necessating the callup of Tyler Chatwood today.

Barring an injury, Cabrera won’t be able to be recalled for 10 days, so perhaps Drew Pomeranz will be called up to start Sunday. Jeremy Guthrie and Chatwood might also be possibilities if they’re not needed in relief before then.

Cabrera could always get another look after the break, but this has to be a major bummer for him. Not only was he one-and-done in the majors, but because he was called up, MLB has already given away his spot in the Futures Game.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Good thing I’m not a Rockies fan or else I probably wouldn’t think this was hilarious.

  2. mjay424 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It’s clear the Rockies are being mismanaged at the top.

    Calling up Alex White and Christian Friedrich after a small sample at Triple-A was not wise and White has since been demoted and Friedrich, while showing flashes, is struggling as well.

    Then the Rockies call up Double-A pitcher Edwar Cabrera, who is having his best season yet has allowed too many homers and is still trying to find a big-league caliber breaking ball. That didn’t work out. Predictable to all except Rockies’ management.

    Now Tyler Chatwood is back and all you have to know is that too is destined for failure. Chatwood has looked in over his head – at Triple A. He has physical talent but little pitching ability at this time.

    Drew Pomeranz, the Rockies have resisted recalling, which has been intelligent. After all, 6 of his last 7 starts have been shaky. He probably needs most of the rest of the season if not all of it at Triple-A.

    Calls for Nolan Arenado to be in Denver, more foolishness, as he is not ready. He is average now at Double-A, even for his youth.

    The Rockies are in a mess, are trying to be creative to put a competitive team on the field but injuries and desperate moves won’t equal success. Sometimes you just have to ride out a bad situation with a plan to do better next time. You don’t give up but you don’t promote people solely for the sake of change. You do it based on merit.

    Colorado Rockies’ Prospects Report
    and Rockies’ Analyst Magazine

    NOTE – just published are two interviews regarding the Rockies’ best prospects at Double-A and Low-A.

  3. robertb655 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    O’Dowd needs to be fired!! Let Ubaldo go for two “prospects”. He might not be great in Cleveland, but he WAS great in Colorado. Let Hammel go for Guthrie?? Hammel ends up with a career year and Guthrie?.. we would trade him for a dishwasher right now. Our closer is not a closer, late relief at best. We get Scutaro who hasn’t done a thing. There are only TWO good moves O’Dowd has made the last two years: Lock CarGo up for cheaper than the market would give him in FA, Get Cuddyer to help make up for our lack of pitching. Please CO, promote someone who knows how to bring in and keep good players!!

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