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Notes: Corrigan back in the booth
06/07/2006 8:30 PM ET
DENVER -- Jack Corrigan has been broadcasting baseball games for 21 years. Doing anything other than calling games in the middle of June is a strange feeling for the Rockies radio announcer.

Corrigan returned to call Wednesday's Rockies game against the Pirates after missing several games after suffering two minor strokes while the team was on the road last week.

He was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation -- the irregular beat of the top portion of the heart which can allow blood to pool and therefore clot -- the same condition that affects Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.

"We relish the offseason, but when it's baseball time and there's a game going on you feel like you should be at the ballpark," Corrigan said back in his familiar seat in the Rockies radio broadcast booth before Wednesday's game. "The more I would have sat, the more I would have gotten antsy."

Two of the games he missed weren't televised, so he was forced to following along on his laptop.

Corrigan said he suffered no permanent damage and is now taking medication to keep the problem from reoccurring. Before consulting with Dr. Allen Schreiber, one of the Rockies team doctors and heading to the hospital, he thought he had a bad headache.

In his fourth year broadcasting for Rockies, Corrigan was missed in the press box while he spent time in the hospital, undergoing "every kind of body scan I could think of. I spent two full days just getting testing and having my blood checked, probed and everything else." A sign in the press box welcomed him back to the stadium.

"We missed Jack," said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. "We're glad for Jack's health. I know Jack's happy for Jack's health, too."

Backyard ballpark: Clint Hurdle said he told his players before Tuesday night's game to think back to their Little League days and play like they were in their backyard.

Jamey Carroll certainly got the message.

"That was a backyard play," Hurdle said looking back on Carroll's game-saving leaping grab to end Friday's 5-4 Rockies win. "I was really waiting for everyone to jump on him. That would have been pure backyard."

Carroll wasn't mobbed by teammates, but he certainly breathed a sigh of relief as did his teammates.

The catch, for the final out in the ninth, secured the Rockies their first win in seven games.

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After the game, there was talk in the clubhouse that the catch could be a turning point for the Rockies this season. The team got off to a hot start in April, but struggled through most of May and so far in June. The team had lost 11 of 13 games.

"There can be defining moments throughout the season," Hurdle said. "Time will tell. That could turn out to be one of them."

Roster happenings: The Rockies activated shortstop Josh Wilson from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Wilson broke a toe on his left foot in Spring Training. The Rockies acquired Wilson from Florida for cash or a player to be named later in January after he spent much of last season in Triple-A Albuquerque.

Also both reliever Sun-Woo Kim and infielder Jason Smith cleared waivers after being designated for assignment Saturday night. Both have until Friday to either accept assignment to Colorado Springs or declare free agency.

On deck: The Rockies are off Thursday before opening a series Friday at home against the Dodgers. Byung-Hyun Kim (3-3, 4.97 ERA) will face Los Angeles ace Brad Penny (6-1, 2.62 ERA).

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