PHOENIX -- The Colorado Rockies added center fielder
Willy Taveras to their postseason roster but chose not to include
right-hander Aaron Cook, who threw about 90 pitches in an
instructional league game in Tucson on Wednesday.
Taveras has been out for almost a month with a calf injury but
convinced the coaching staff he could contribute with a strong
showing during Wednesday's workout at Chase Field. He took the
roster spot of left-hander Mark Redman.
The Rockies decided against adding Cook, who is eligible to come
off the 60-day disabled list this week. Instead, right-hander
Josh Fogg, who has fared better against the Diamondbacks this season,
will start Game 3 of the NL Championship Series against Arizona on
Cook, who edged out Francis in a spirited competition for the
Opening-Day start this season, was 8-7 with a 4.12 ERA when he was
sidelined by an oblique injury Aug. 10.
Cook showed that he was healthy in a seven-inning outing
Wednesday, manager Clint Hurdle said. But the Rockies chose to go
with Fogg, who was 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts against
Arizona this season. Cook was 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in his four
starts against the D-Backs.
It's not known whether Taveras will regain his starting job.
While he could add another speedster to the top of the Rockies'
lineup, such a move also risks spoiling the offensive cohesion that
sparked the Rockies' 17-1 run.
Second baseman Kaz Matsui has been spectacular in the leadoff
spot in Taveras' place, and Ryan Spilborghs has played well in
Taveras, acquired in a trade with Houston last winter, was
sidelined for the last three weeks of the season and the Rockies'
sweep of Philadelphia in the first round.