Jeff Francis allowed eight runs in six innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Francis did little right on Tuesday, giving up 10 hits -- including three homers -- while striking out only two. The outing left the southpaw with a 6.58 ERA and 1.56 WHIP on the season. There's been speculation for a while, but with Roy Oswalt set to make his Rockies debut on Thursday this start has the looks of Francis' last with the club.
The Rockies are hoping that Jorge De La Rosa (finger) will be ready to make his next scheduled start on Sunday.
De La Rosa is dealing with a bruised left thumb, which he suffered during Monday's start. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but he'll be monitored over the next few days. "We'll see, but hopefully with five days, he'll be fine," manager Walt Weiss said.
Dexter Fowler is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that Fowler was having trouble gripping the bat on Monday, so his right ring finger is apparently still giving him issues. Tyler Colvin is starting in center field Tuesday.
Roy Oswalt is officially scheduled to make his Rockies debut Thursday in D.C. against the Nationals.
Oswalt signed a minor league contract with Colorado on May 2 and has registered a stellar 2.16 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio across 33 1/3 innings since reporting to Double-A Tulsa. The veteran right-hander is worth a try in most standard mixed fantasy leagues, though keep in mind that he struggled last year with the Rangers.
Rafael Betancourt (groin) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and reported feeling fine.
Betancourt will face live hitters on Friday and could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander will be back in the Rockies' bullpen by the end of this month if everything continues to go smoothly. Rex Brothers is filling in at closer and doing a fine job.
Jorge De La Rosa came out after limiting the Blue Jays to one hit over seven scoreless innings on Monday.
De La Rosa, who took a loss in his last start while pitching with a cut on his middle finger, dominated the Blue Jays tonight, allowing one or no runs for the fifth time in his last nine outings. Unfortunately, there was no run support to be had from the Rockies offense, and Colorado ended up losing 2-0.