The Rockies will play a doubleheader Thursday with the Mets after the teams were rained out Tuesday at Citi Field. This is the Rockies only scheduled trip to New York, so the teams will try to complete their four-game series with the doubleheader, which could create a problem for the Rockies.
Esmil Rogers was scheduled to start Tuesday but instead will start Wednesday. Jorge De La Rosa, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, will move to Thursday. The extra day should help De La Rosa, who has left his first two starts with a blister on his middle finger and last pitched April 8 at Pittsburgh. De La Rosa will start one of the games of the traditional doubleheader against the Mets, with Greg Reynolds, the original scheduled starter Thursday, also starting that day.
Rogers had been scheduled to start on Sunday at Coors Field against the Cubs. But to do so now would mean coming back on three days' rest after starting Wednesday, something the Rockies would be reluctant to do.
John Maine made his second start Tuesday for Class AAA Colorado Springs, putting him on schedule to start Sunday. But Maine gave up nine hits and seven runs in four innings against Reno, throwing 86 pitches, 49 strikes, and hasn't pitched well in his two starts.
The Rockies could elect to split Sunday's game amongst the relief corps, starting with Felipe Paulino, now a middle reliever but formerly a starter and likely capable of a 50-60 pitch workload.
If the Rockies recall a pitcher to make a spot start, Clayton Mortensen and Juan Nicasio are the most likely candidates, since both are already on the 40-man roster. Mortensen is scheduled to make his second start of the season Thursday for Colorado Springs. Nicasio made his second start of the season Tuesday for Class AA Tulsa, so he would be on normal rest Sunday. In his start Tuesday for Tulsa, Nicasio worked five innings and allowed three hits and one unearned run with no walks and six strikeouts and threw 83 pitches, 59 strikes.
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