CHATWOOD COULD CON­VERT TO ’PEN

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Pa­trick Saun­ders, The Den­ver Post

ST. LOUIS» While it re­mains to be seen if the Rock­ies will trade for a right-handed re­liever be­fore next Mon­day’s non­waiver trade dead­line, there’s a chance that in­jured starter Tyler Chatwood will be con­verted to help shore up a shaky bullpen. At least for the short term.

Chatwood, on the 10-day dis­abled list since July 16 with a strained right calf, said he felt strong af­ter pitching one sim­u­lated in­ning Mon­day be­fore the Rock­ies played the Car­di­nals at Busch Sta­dium. The right-han­der said he threw about 20 pitches. Chatwood is el­i­gi­ble to come off the DL on Wed­nes­day.

“We will come to a de­ci­sion with what we are go­ing to do with ‘Chatty’ in the next cou­ple of days,” man­ager Bud Black said, adding that us­ing Chatwood out of the bullpen is “at least one of the con­sid­er­a­tions.”

Black was im­pressed with Chatwood’s out­ing Mon­day, and the pitcher was pleased as well.

“I felt strong, and I threw the ball well,” Chatwood said.

Asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing moved to the bullpen, at least for now, Chatwood said, “You will have to talk to Buddy and see what he says.”

Chatwood was pulled from his start against the Mets on July 15, throw­ing just 19 pitches and record­ing only one out in Colorado’s 9-3 loss. He gave up back-to­back walks and a three-run homer be­fore he was re­moved be­cause of pain in his right calf.

Chatwood, 27, is 6-11 with a 4.74 ERA, and while he has av­er­aged 7.4 strike­outs per nine in­nings, he has posted a ca­reer­worst 5.1 walks per nine in­nings.

Bet­tis up­date.

Right-han­der Chad Bet­tis con­tin­ues to move to­ward re­join­ing the Rock­ies’ start­ing ro­ta­tion, even if his rehab start for Triple-A Al­bu­querque on Sun­day at Salt Lake City was un­even.

Bet­tis, who is re­turn­ing from a bout with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, threw 62 pitches in just 2M in­nings be­fore his day ended. He threw 38 strikes but gave up three runs on six hits, with four strike­outs and two walks.

“Phys­i­cally, I felt good and strong. I felt like I could’ve thrown a lot more,” Bet­tis told re­porters in Salt Lake City. “But I worked on what I needed to. I felt like I was able to ex­e­cute some of the pitches that I re­ally wanted to, but at the same time, it seemed like there’s some stuff to work on.”

Bet­tis is sched­uled to pitch five in­nings Fri­day, in­creas­ing his pitch count to 75 to 80 pitches.

Foot­notes.

Third base­man Nolan Are­nado was named the Na­tional League player of the week for games end­ing Sun­day. Are­nado hit .458, with four home runs and 13 RBIs. It was Are­nado’s fourth player of the week award, his first since April 18 of last sea­son . ... Mon­day marked the 34th an­niver­sary of the in­fa­mous “pine tar game” be­tween the Roy­als and Yan­kees at Yan­kee Sta­dium. Black was the start­ing pitcher for the Roy­als that day, pitching six in­nings and al­low­ing four runs on seven hits.

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