PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy welcomed the five-game suspension and undisclosed fine that Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez received for hitting Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the left elbow on Sunday.
The act was ruled intentional, as the Rockies contended. The Rockies traded Jimenez to the Indians last July, and Jimenez and Rockies players have snipped in the media all spring. But Tracy called Jimenez's hitting Tulowitzki and challenging him from the mound a "gutless act."
"I have one comment about it, then I want to leave it alone: The professionalism and the integrity of the game is very, important to me," Tracy said. "I am a big believer in right is right and wrong is wrong. And that was wrong yesterday. It was very wrong.
"To see Major League Baseball react to the situation in the manner in which it did, it just fortifies the importance of the professionalism and integrity of the game."
Gonzalez wants focus shifted to team
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez said he didn't sleep Saturday night and was throwing up Sunday morning.But he was really sick about what happened during the game against the Indians he missed Sunday. Former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez smoked shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the left elbow on the first pitch of a first-inning plate appearance. The two yelled at one another, and the benches cleared to separate. "It's not fun, of course, when something like this happens on a baseball field," Gonzalez said Monday morning. "We're not trying to do that. We're trying to play good baseball for the fans, trying to put on a good show. There are a lot of fans in the stands, a lot of kids watching everything we're doing.
"I feel like I don't even know what to say. It's already done. I'm glad my teammate, Tulo is good. Ubaldo is not even on our team anymore. Like I've said in the past, I wish him the best. All I care about right now is my team. It's a good thing that Tulo is healthy and he'll be ready to play."Relations between the Rockies and Jimenez deteriorated after Tulowitzki and Gonzalez received lucrative new contracts after big 2010 seasons and Jimenez didn't. All three were quoted in a back-and-forth set of articles earlier this spring. Although Jimenez said he didn't hit Tulowitzki on purpose, the exchange between the two Sunday showed this is clearly personal. But Gonzalez said the last time he and Jimenez saw one another, it was cordial. "I've seen him before," Gonzalez said. "I've seen him in Scottsdale. I had the opportunity to talk with him two weeks ago. It was all the same, no hard feelings between me and him. But there's been a lot of issues in the newspapers and stuff. We just need to be done with that. "I don't think there were any issues. It was right after I saw him when everything came out. We just need to start playing baseball and forget about that. For us, we have more important things to concentrate on than me talking about the past. Whatever happens now, he's pitching for a different team. He should be concentrating on doing his job there." Gonzalez believes all the back-and-forth needs to end. "For us, we should be concentrating on doing our job here," Gonzalez said. "It's not even like he plays in the same division, where we have to pay attention to what he's doing. He's in a different league. We have to think about ourselves and our team, how we're going to make this team successful. We need to let that go."
Tulowitzki to rest, plans to be ready for opener
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki walked through the clubhouse at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick with his left elbow unwrapped, and it was surprisingly normal in color and closer in size to his right elbow Monday morning.Tulowitzk was smoked on the elbow by former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning of Sunday's Indians-Rockies game. Tulowitzki said he will not be in the lineup for Monday afternoon's game against the Mariners and isn't sure if he'll play in Cactus League games against the Mariners Tuesday and Wednesday. However, he doesn't expect to miss the regular-season opener Friday against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. "I'm getting treatment, icing it, and they're trying to massage out some of the inflammation," Tulowitzki said. "I've been hit by a pitch before. It's nothing more than that. I'll be good to go. I'm not going to miss any [regular-season] time. "They [the Rockies' training staff] did a good job of getting on top of it, and last night taking care of it, staying on top of it. We'll see how today goes. If I can, I'd like to get back in there, but if I can't, I'm not worried about it, either." Given the bad blood between Jimenez, who struggled last season and bristled over contract issues before the July 31 trade to the Indians, and the Rockies, and given that Jimenez has criticized the Rockies and Tulowitzki shot back in defense of his club, the Rockies believe the act was intentional. Major League Baseball announced Monday that Jimenez has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount. If there is not an appeal, the suspension will begin on Opening Day
Colvin starting to prove he belongs
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Tyler Colvin has gone from a reclamation project to a Rockies weapon.Colvin struck out twice and went 0-for-3 Monday but is at .385 this spring and has secured an Opening Day roster spot. He had the team made before Sunday's two-homer, six-RBI performance against the Indians, but that performance left no doubt. Colvin bottomed out to a .150 batting average for the Cubs last season. The Rockies acquired him and infielder DJ LeMahieu for third baseman Ian Stewart and right-handed reliever Casey Weathers in December. The Rockies brought Colvin to Denver in December to work on his swing, and the results are showing. Gone is the pull-conscious swing that led to groundballs and slumps last year. Colvin's first homer Sunday, to dead-center against the Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez, was an example of what can happen with a proper swing. Colvin hit 20 home runs as a rookie in 2010, and last year created bad habits by trying to force power. "With the swing he's got right now, when you see him hit a ball like the first home run yesterday, I don't think you have to reach anymore, do you?" Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. Colvin said, "It feels good and the season is getting close, so I'm excited. I definitely feel like myself. I knew it wasn't going to take much, just try to focus on doing what I do well."
Tracy announces Opening Day roster
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced his Opening Day roster before Monday's Cactus League game against the Mariners, although there will be some changes in the early days of the season.Left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz won't be activated until April 15, when he is scheduled to pitch, and lefty Jamie Moyer won't be activated until he starts Saturday against the Astros. One spot is up in the air. Left-handed reliever Josh Outman is battling food poisoning. If he won't be ready for Friday, the Rockies will have to make an adjustment by bringing back right-hander Alex White, who was optioned to the Minors on Monday. Tracy also said he is comfortable setting a roster with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki active. Tulowitzki suffered a bruised left elbow on Sunday when hit by a pitch from the Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez. Here is the roster for Friday's opener against the Astros: PITCHERS (11) -- Jeremy Guthrie, Juan Nicasio, Jhoulys Chacin, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt, Rex Brothers, Tyler Chatwood, Matt Reynolds, Josh Roenicke, Esmil Rogers, Josh Outman CATCHERS (2) -- Ramon Hernandez, Wilin Rosario INFIELDERS (7) -- Todd Helton, Marco Scutaro, Troy Tulowitzki, Jordan Pacheco, Chris Nelson, Jason Giambi, Jonathan Herrera OUTFIELDERS (5) -- Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer, Tyler Colvin, Eric Young Jr.
Moyer continues to diligently track hitters
SCOTTSDALE -- Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer was genuinely surprised that his age, 49, was as big a story this spring as his pitching. Moyer, coming back from elbow surgery in 2010, made the team and will start Saturday at Houston in the Rockies' second game."This is all brand new," Moyer said. "There was a lot of media in Philadelphia. I'd get some of the age questions, but they were just doing their jobs. When I came to Spring Training this year, I didn't expect what started to culminate." In his final spring start, Monday's 7-2 loss to the Mariners, Moyer labored. Then again, that isn't new. With a slow fastball and slower curve and even slower changeup, Moyer had many innings like this since he debuted with the Cubs in 1986. Moyer threw strikes on 70 if his 109 pitches and gave up four runs, but just one earned, and nine hits. Foul balls, rather than pitches well outside the strike zone, were responsible for the high pitch count. Each pitch is information. Now Moyer is trying to figure out the most efficient way of keeping all the data. Those methods have changed quite a bit since '86. "Go back to '86 and it was, 'That guy ... We played them two weeks ago and I think he swung at a pitch,'" Moyer said. "And there were scouting reports. Somebody was taking notes. They had a hitting spray chart. They could pull stuff off of that, but that was all in a notebook in the dugout. It was done right then. "The video that we had was VHS tapes and it was mostly center field. A couple of years ago in Philly I had all my VHS put on DVD. It was getting pretty shabby." As his career advanced, Moyer jotted notes on hitters in a book. But in 2012 that might be too old school, even for Moyer. "I'm debating," Moyer said. "I thought about it the other day. When I was in Philly, I stopped. I still have my books, but a lot of the people that are in those books are not playing or they're in the other league. I started just keeping pitching charts. "One way or the other I'm going to do something but I haven't decided what. Now with video, it's pretty crazy what you can do."
Rosario continues hot spring hitting
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Rookie catcher Wilin Rosario celebrated making the season-opening roster with a home run in Monday's 7-2 loss to the Mariners.Rosario, 23, hit his fourth homer of the spring, in the fourth off of Hisashi Iwakuma to left-center through a powerful wind. He also hit his sixth double of the spring, in the first off Felix Hernandez. Rosario, who will work in tandem with veteran Ramon Hernandez, has a .412 average this spring. "I don't know if I've seen a much more devastating spring offensively than we've seen from Wilin Rosario," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Both of those at-bats were just great, battling at-bats, two-strike at-bats."
Rockies left-hander Matt Reynolds, whose rough spring forced him to the bubble, followed up the announcement that he had made the team with a solid performance Monday in the 7-2 loss to the Mariners.Reynolds replaced a wild Edgmer Escalona with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, and struck out Carlos Peguero swinging. He struck out two more in the next inning, although he gave up two hits and an unearned run. Reynolds finished spring with a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. "It actually felt pretty good this spring -- I've had a lot better success than last Spring Training, which was pretty rough," Reynolds said. "To come in a situation which is a lot like I'd face in the regular season and be able to get that out is a big moment for me." The Rockies' commitment to the bullpen appears to be suiting righty Esmil Rogers, who struck out two during a spotless eighth inning on Monday. When he was going back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, the Rockies stayed on him about improving his fastball command. Now he can concentrate on that pitch. "It can be a big year for me," Rogers said. "Now I can attack every type of hitter with my fastball. If they can hit my fastball, then I can use my breaking ball. Now I'm more confident with my fastball and I can throw more strikes." The announcement of the roster was a reward for right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke. In the final days of last season, Roenicke posted a 3.78 ERA in 19 games and a 1.93 ERA against National League West opponents. In Spring Training, Roenicke is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.