ARLINGTON -- Rockies second baseman Chris Nelson, who has a five-game hitting streak and eight RBIs in his last eight games, did not start Sunday against the Rangers because of a twisted right ankle.In the eighth inning of Saturday's 11-7 victory, Nelson ranged to his right, juggled a bouncer up the middle by Elvis Andrus and nearly made the throw to first in time. But Nelson landed awkwardly on his right foot. Nelson is hitting .268 with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
Betancourt focused on helping Rockies win
ARLINGTON -- Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt refuses to moan over a lack of save opportunities.Betancourt went into Sunday with 14 save opportunities, which is eight fewer than National League leader Craig Kimbrel of the Braves. That's a function of the team's 27-43 record. "I don't like to think about closing situations that I'm getting or not," said Betancourt, who is 11-for-14 on save chances. "In Philadelphia, I blew a save and we lost a game [although he converted the next day]. My team works hard for eight innings, not to give me a chance to close a game but to win the game. I'm not the only one on this team. "Thinking about that is being selfish. Yesterday [when he pitched the ninth in an 11-7 victory over the Rangers], it was not a closing situation, but for me it was. I was pitching against a very good team, a first-place team. We got the win and that's what mattered." Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Betancourt has held up fine even though he hasn't had the number of chances to close games that the Rockies would have liked. Tracy said he held Betancourt and primary righty setup man Matt Belisle as examples of the strike throwing the Rockies want to see. Each has walked seven batters this season, but five of Belisle's walks and four of Betancourt's were intentional. "They're warriors, solid performers you feel real good about," Tracy said. The Rockies aren't protecting a lot of leads, but a contending team that needs a dependable reliever might pursue Betancourt, who is signed through 2013 with a mutual 2014 option. Betancourt was quite emotional when the Indians, the team with which he broke into the Majors, traded him to the Rockies in 2009. But Betancourt fit in quickly and helped the Rockies get to the playoffs. Betancourt said he would rather not be dealt, but he can handle it better if it happens. "When you're a reliever, it seems like you are always getting traded," Betancourt said." But I was in one place for seven years, and I've been here for four more. That's out of my hands. I'd like to end my career here in Denver. But this is business. "If it happens, it happened to me already. I know how to deal with that. If I have to go and pitch for another team, I'm going to be the same person. But I'm worrying about here, and I'm happy to be here."
Outman apologizes for unintentional bump
ARLINGTON -- Rockies left-handed pitcher Josh Outman was mortified when he learned that many fans had the impression that he intentionally bumped manager Jim Tracy while being removed from Saturday's game against the Rangers.Tracy removed Outman one out shy of the five innings he needed to qualify for a win with an eight-run lead in a game the Rockies won, 11-7, and Outman strode angrily off the mound. As Outman handed Tracy the ball, their shoulders brushed. It wasn't exactly a National Hockey League-level body check, but the way it looked on television left it open to interpretation. To give Outman a chance for his first win of the year, Tracy had bent the 75-pitch limit that was set for starters when the rotation was reduced from five pitchers to four. But Outman faced six batters and had two runners on base when Tracy removed him. Outman said after the game he was mad at himself, and went to Tracy on Sunday after learning there was controversy over the incidental contact. "I told him I didn't realize I had done it until somebody had mentioned it," Outman said. "I told him, 'I hope you know I didn't mean to do that. I had no reason to bump you on purpose.' "He gave me a chance to get the win and I didn't execute. The only person I can be aggravated at is myself." Tracy said, "I completely understood where he was at. I had no feelings about it yesterday at all. You know the path that you're taking to the mound, and you know the path that he took. He was just very, very upset at himself." Outman ended up throwing 92 pitches, which means he will be monitored before the Rockies commit to him starting Wednesday at home against the Nationals. Outman played catch in the outfield on Sunday and didn't anticipate any problems. Tracy said Outman will start Wednesday as long as no problems occur. Outman will throw a bullpen session Monday at Coors Field.
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