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The Sun Shines a Little Brighter the Morning After a Win
2005-05-10 08:17
by Mark T.R. Donohue

Let the love affair with Chin-Hui Tsao begin! At least until he starts giving it up again. To give Colorado fans an ounce of perspective, go read about the Cubs or Reds bullpens, which have been awful lately, and don't even have the altitude or Bob Apodaca to use as an excuse. As I overlooked in my series preview yesterday, Joe Kennedy will be unavailable for Wednesday's game due to Juan Encarnacion's bullseye on his plant foot Friday. BK Kim will get the start. Write your own punchline.

The above link also covers a minor roster move, the exchange of outfielder Michael Restovich to Colorado Springs for righty David Cortes. Restovich, who hasn't played much and is made dispensible by Preston Wilson's return to full health, must clear waivers before accepting an assignment to the SkySox. Cortes has been reasonably good in AAA: 14 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 13 K, 6 BB. Three homers allowed though. At 31 he's no prospect, more about him if he sticks, I suppose. His retrieval is better than exposing Dohmann or Speier to further abuse.

Finally, the Washington Nationals, the organization that thought Vinny Castilla and Cristian Guzman were worth their money, now is all hot for Preston Wilson. Jim Bowden, be my baby daddy. I am going to go scrounge around and see what the Rockies might be able to get from the NationExpo farm system, which is not completely devoid of notables despite Omar Minaya's best efforts. Any deal would probably entail Colorado absorbing most to all of Wilson's remaining salary, an acceptable risk if the Rockies can land anyone who can play reasonably well for cheap beyond this season. More on this exciting development later.

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