GRAY EX­CITED TO GET CALL AS STARTER ON OPEN­ING DAY

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

scotts­dale, ariz. With just one full sea­son be­hind him, Jon Gray might not have the ré­sumé of an ace, but the 25- year- old, gu­n­armed right- han­der will start on open­ing day for the Rockies, man­ager Bud Black con­firmed Thurs­day.

Gray was pretty sure the mo­ment was com­ing, but that didn’t make his con­ver­sa­tion with Black less spe­cial.

“I’m so ex­cited about it, and it def­i­nitely gets you ex­cited to start the sea­son,” Gray said.

Gray, who will pitch Mon­day af­ter­noon against the Brew­ers at Mil­wau­kee’s Miller Park, will be­come Colorado’s 18th pitcher to start on open­ing day in 25 sea­sons. The Rockies are hope­ful he can an­chor a ro­ta­tion that will be among the youngest in fran­chise his­tory.

“I told him it’s a feather in the cap,” Black said. “It’s a spe­cial day for ev­ery­body in base­ball. He gave me a Jon Gray smile.”

Gray sports the most pow­er­ful arm in Colorado’s green ro­ta­tion. He had 185 strike­outs in 168 in­nings last sea­son, set­ting a fran­chise record for a rookie.

Ro­ta­tion ques­tions.

Black would not con­firm the rest of the Rockies’ ro­ta­tion, but left- han­der Tyler An­der­son, 27, prob­a­bly will start Tues­day atMil­wau­kee, fol­lowed by Tyler Chat­wood, 27. An­der­son pitched three in­nings against San Diego on Thurs­day. It will be An­der­son’s first full sea­son in the ma­jors.

“Let’s go. Bring it on,” An­der­son said.

The fi­nal two spots prob­a­bly will be an­nounced Fri­day. Left­hander Kyle Free­land, 23, and right- han­der An­to­nio Sen­za­tela, 22, ap­pear to be the lead­ing can­di­dates.

Ros­ter moves.

De­spite an ex­cel­lent camp, left­hander Har­ri­son Mus­grave, 25, was re­as­signed to mi­nor- league camp, along with catcher An­thony Bem­boom. The club also op­tioned in­field­er­out­fielder Jor­dan Pat­ter­son to Triple- A Albuquerque.

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