Manuel Corpas has gone from closer to hanging onto the major leagues by the tiniest piece of dental floss in Colorado.
The struggling right-hander, who took the closer's job from Huston Street last month before giving it back last week, has been charged with three of the Rockies' past five losses and has watched his ERA grow to 6.75.
His most egregious recent transgression was issuing a leadoff walk to seldom-used San Francisco backup catcher Steve Holm to start the 10th inning of a scoreless game on Sunday. Two batters later, Holm scored on Rich Aurilia's single and the Rockies lost their seventh one-run game of the season, 1-0.
There were some who thought he would be diverted to Triple-A Colorado Springs before the Rockies' series in San Diego finishes this week but, as of Monday, Corpas was still in the Rockies' bullpen.
"He's on the team," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
What's especially frustrating to the Rockies is that Corpas appears to make progress when working in the bullpen with pitching coach Bob Apodaca but it doesn't show up on the field.
"Guys that go down to the pen with him, you see what you want to see, but it's transferring that into the game," Hurdle said.
So for now, the Rockies appear back to Street closing and Corpas working in the ... sixth? Seventh? Only in blowout games until he starts hitting his spots and gets that .409 opponents' batting average in order?
"We're going to have to find places in the game where we can remove him from the flame," Hurdle said.
Likes: Zack Greinke 6-0 with an 0.40 ERA after clipping the White Sox. How about more than 6,500 fans buying walk-up tickets in Kansas City on a Monday night? The kid has allowed just two earned runs in 45 innings this season. The Greinke Express hits Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night. ... What a weekend for Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez. He punched a game-winning single to beat Oakland in the 15th inning Sunday, two days after he put the exclamation mark on a 14 pitch at-bat against Oakland's Russ Springer with a game-winning single to lift the Mariners to an 8-7 victory. Lopez fought off nine two-strike pitches during the at-bat and, right now, it looks like something special is brewing in Seattle. ... Hey, my daughter's softball team won the 12-and-under league championship on Saturday. Yes, congratulations to ... ready ... Batta Batta Bling. You should see some of the other names in the league: How about Batitude? And my favorite, Green Eggs and Slam. ...
Dislikes: Haven't gotten a chance to see Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. The movie should pack 'em in based on the title alone (though I gotta say, with Matthew McConaughey in it, my first thought is, "rental"). Anybody seen it yet? Is it funny?
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Well she was blond and tall
"She was 23
"Brought into the world
"To get the best of me
"And she never paid back
"Half what she stole
"She wanted my money
"So I gave her my soul"
-- Mudcrutch, The Wrong Thing To Do