FREE­LAND FAC­ING SHORT-TERM BUMP FROM RO­TA­TION

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NEW YORK» The Rock­ies’ sec­ond­half pitch­ing plan is com­ing into place, and it ap­pears that rookie left-han­der Kyle Free­land will get bumped from the ro­ta­tion, for the short term.

Though man­ager Bud Black would not pub­licly con­firm the plan be­fore Satur­day’s game, in­di­ca­tions are that rookie right-han­der An­to­nio Sen­za­tela will start Tues­day’s home game against San Diego. That would leave Free­land out of the ro­ta­tion, de­spite the fact that he threw 8L in­nings of no-hit base­ball last Sun­day.

The move is not a de­mo­tion for Free­land, but rather a way to give him a rest dur­ing his first sea­son in the ma­jor leagues and pre­serve his arm.

“I’m not sure what’s go­ing to hap­pen, but I feel good and strong,” Free­land said Satur­day. “My arm feels re­ally good.”

It’s likely that Free­land will be used in the bullpen as an emer­gency re­liever, en­abling the Rock­ies to cut his work load. He could then be sent down to Triple-a Al­bu­querque for a start or two to pre­pare him to re­join the ro­ta­tion. Sen­za­tela fol­lowed a sim­i­lar course of ac­tion as he pre­pared to re­join the ro­ta­tion.

Free­land has thrown 107L in­nings this sea­son. He pitched a ca­reer-high 162 in­nings last year pitch­ing for Dou­ble-a Hart­ford and Triple-a Al­bu­querque.

Spark plug. For the se­cond game in a row, Ger­ardo Parra hit cleanup. With Mark Reynolds cool­ing off and Car­los Gon­za­lez mired in a sea­son-long slump, Black needs to find a run pro­ducer for the No. 4 hole.

Since be­ing re­in­stated from the dis­abled list June 7, Parra has hit .529 (9-for-17) with three dou­bles and six RBIS. He’s bat­ting .477 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion this sea­son, and is 5-for-7 since com­ing off the DL.

“I’m fine with wher­ever the man­ager wants me in the lineup,” Parra said. “I just want to help the team and play base­ball, be­cause I love it.”

Parra, a nat­u­ral out­fielder, started at first base Satur­day, a po­si­tion he has said in the past he would rather not play.

“It’s not al­ways easy for me to play first base, and I don’t like it too much,” he said. “But I’m happy to help my team out.”

Reynolds, the usual first base­man, went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in Colorado’s 14-2 loss to the Mets on Fri­day night. Since July 1, Reynolds is bat­ting .171, with no home runs and he has struck out 20 times in 35 at-bats.

Des­mond’s sta­tus. The Rock­ies had orig­i­nally in­tended for left fielder and first base­man Ian Des­mond to come off the 10-day dis­abled list Satur­day. How­ever, rain be­fore Fri­day night’s game pre­vented Des­mond from do­ing all of the pregame drills the Rock­ies wanted him to run through as a fi­nal test.

Black said Des­mond would prob­a­bly be in the lineup Sun­day for the fi­nal game of the three­game set against the Mets.

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