SET­TING UP FOR SEC­OND HALF, SENZATELA SENT DOWN, ROSSCUP CALLED UP

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The Rock­ies on Satur­day started to set up their sec­ond half, send­ing down rookie right-han­der An­to­nio Senzatela and calling up lefty re­liever Zac Rosscup.

Senzatela’s move isn’t ex­actly a de­mo­tion. The Rock­ies will set up the 22-year-old to build back into a multi-in­ning length at Triple-a Al­bu­querque, pitch­ing him as a starter in a se­ries against the host Las Ve­gas 51s this week. He was moved to the bullpen more than two weeks ago to help pre­serve his arm.

Senzatela was suf­fer­ing from tired­ness, his man­ager said, in his first full sea­son after jump­ing from an ab­bre­vi­ated Dou­ble-a cam­paign last year.

After a rest, with just three re­lief ap­pear­ances, and after miss­ing three turns in the ro­ta­tion, he will be back as a starter in Colorado, likely five days after his ap­pear­ance for the Iso­topes, likely next week.

“When we made that move to put him in the bullpen it was for a cou­ple rea­sons,” man­ager Bud Black ex­plained. “His ve­loc­ity was down a tick and his com­mand suf­fered his last two starts. This lit­tle breather will freshen up his arm and freshen him men­tally too.”

In his place on the ac­tive ros­ter, the Rock­ies called up the 29-year-old Rosscup, whom they ac­quired from the Cubs last month. Orig­i­nally a 28th-round pick of Tampa Bay’s in 2009, Rosscup ap­peared once for Chicago this sea­son be­fore be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment. In three ap­pear­ances with Al­bu­querque, he gave up two hits and no runs, with four strike­outs and no walks.

“He has a good arm, a lit­tle de­cep­tion,” Black said. “We like the depth he pro­vides. We’ll see whether he can be a con­trib­u­tor. Tal­ent-wise, I think he can.”

More rest com­ing? The for­mula for giv­ing Senzatela a breather to ex­tend his sea­son might trans­late to other rookie arms on Colorado’s staff, Black said.

Ger­man Mar­quez, 22, is a can­di­date for a bullpen stint after his seven-in­ning out­ing Fri­day in a victory over the White Sox. So too is 24-year-old Kyle Free­land, whose 99 in­nings pitched are sec­ond-most on the staff, be­hind vet­eran Tyler Chat­wood.

“Since Fe­bru­ary, right after the Su­per Bowl, these guys have been go­ing hard,” Black said.

Foot­notes. Catcher Ryan Hani­gan was scratched from the Rock­ies’ lineup late Fri­day af­ter­noon be­fore a sched­uled start against Chicago. Up­per back spasms kept him out of the game, but the in­jury is not se­ri­ous, he said, and he does not an­tic­i­pate a dis­abled list stint. … Sec­ond base­man DJ Lemahieu, who is still re­gain­ing speed after a groin in­jury, was pulled in the late in­nings Fri­day, but only for rest, Black said. … Right fielder Car­los Gon­za­lez did not start again Satur­day, his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game out of the lineup. “The last 15 or so at-bats have not been Cargo-like,” Black said.

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