PHOENIX -- Taking time off to rebuild the strength in his left shoulder seems to have worked for Rockies reliever Franklin Morales.In two outings in close games since his return, Morales has thrown 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with all of the outs coming via strikeout. He's allowed one walk. Not pitching from May 11 until June 1 allowed Morales not only to rehabilitate the shoulder, but regain his control. Morales also said he has settled into an every-other-day workout for the small muscles in his arm, with lower-body work on the days in between. "It's a very different workout from when I was a starter," Morales said. "I need to keep my shoulder stronger. I think my arm is going to end up a lot stronger." Rockies manager Jim Tracy used Morales for a full inning in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Giants, and for one hitter Saturday night. "Versatility -- that's the optimum word here," Tracy said.
Tracy to join scouts for Draft preparation
PHOENIX -- The Rockies' scouting staff will have a special guest during final preparations for Monday night's First-Year Player Draft.Rockies manager Jim Tracy will be preparing for the opener of a four-game series with the Astros and a seven-game homestand. However, he will show appreciation for those who are building the future of the franchise. The Rockies' regular lineup has six players who came up through the organization. "It says an awful lot for the job [vice president of scouting] Bill Schmidt and the group of people that work under him," Tracy said. "You look around this field, you look at what's homegrown, you look at [Sunday's] starting pitcher [Ubaldo Jimenez, a product of the Latin American program], and it says an awful lot about evaluation and the result of that evaluation. "You hear the term all the time, 'Draft and develop your own.' The Colorado Rockies are living proof of that."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.