TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- One bad outing wasn't enough to derail
Jamey Wright's bid to make Colorado's rotation.
A strong one against Arizona all but locked it up.Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday each had two-run singles to
back up Wright's six strong innings, lifting the Colorado Rockies
to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.Wright was shaky March 12 against Milwaukee, lasting just two
innings after giving up seven runs and three walks. The
right-hander was solid in his next start, allowing three earned
runs in five innings against Arizona, and was particularly sharp
against the Diamondbacks the second time around.Wright allowed just three hits and was never really in trouble
after Luis Terrero followed Tony Clark's double with a run-scoring
single in the second inning.Wright was projected as Colorado's fourth or fifth starter and
manager Clint Hurdle indicated that's where he'll end up after his
latest outing."For all intents and purposes, unless something off the board
happens, that's where we're headed," Hurdle said. "Jamey threw
effectively today, mixed his pitches, kept the ball down, worked
his pitches in, had a good breaking ball. We'd like to go that
way."Wright will fall in the rotation behind Jason Jennings, Joe
Kennedy and Jeff Francis, but whether he's the No. 4 or No. 5
starter will depend on the health of Shawn Chacon. The right-hander
was hit on his throwing wrist by Francis while attempting a bunt on
a back field and though X-rays were negative, he still had a large
lump late in the afternoon."It's not up to me," said Wright, who's scheduled to pitch in
Colorado's final preseason game Saturday in Colorado Springs. "I
know that wherever I end up, I'm going to do a good job this year
because I'm confident in my ability to go out and do the job.
Whatever happens, I'll be ready to go."Matt Chico, one of Arizona's top prospects, had some good
moments for Arizona, but had trouble with jitters in his first
spring game.A third-round draft pick in 2003, Chico was solid in the first
two innings against a Rockies' lineup that featured most of its
regulars. But the left-hander ran into trouble in the third, when
Atkins hit a two-run single after Clint Barmes and Wright led off
with singles.The Rockies knocked Chico for two more in the fourth on Dustan
Mohr's run-scoring single and a perfect squeeze bunt down the
first-base line by Barmes. Chico allowed four runs and eight hits
in four innings"He threw reasonably well, but was a little nervous,"
Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "It's nice to get a look at
some of your minor leaguers."Colorado added three more runs in the fifth inning against Oscar
Villarreal -- two on Holliday's single to left -- to go up 7-1.Terrero made it 7-3 in the seventh with his third spring homer,
a two-run shot to left-center off David Cortes.
Rockies had 12 hits and every starter had at least one. ...
Rockies LHP Darren Oliver, once in the running for the final
rotation spot, will pitch in relief Tuesday against the Chicago
White Sox. ... The Diamondbacks will likely place RHP Jose Valverde
on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an irritated biceps tendon.
He could only miss the first week of the season, though, since
Arizona can backdate the move.