Roy Oswalt to pitch for GJ Rockies on Tuesday

Roy Oswalt made only four starts for the Colorado Rockies this season before a hamstring injury sent him to the disabled list.

After throwing in a simulated game last week, Oswalt was ready for a minor league assignment. With the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox season ending Monday, Oswalt instead will make the trip across the mountains and start Tuesday night for the Grand Junction Rockies against Ogden.

He threw four innings in the simulated game last week with no problems, the Rockies reported, and if Tuesday’s stint goes well, he could return to the big club’s rotation for the home stretch.

The Rockies (29-39, 8-22) could have used a Major League arm to start their Pioneer League game Saturday as Idaho Falls jumped on Grand Junction for four runs in the first inning and two runs in the second en route to a 10-7 victory.

Chukars starting pitcher Yender Caramo threw eight innings of no-hit ball, but he wasn’t allowed to go for the complete-game no-hitter. Idaho Falls (37-31, 18-12) pulled him for reliever Austin Fairchild in the ninth inning and Grand Junction seized the opportunity to score six runs.

Raimel Tapia broke up the no-hitter with a two-run double, and Correlle Prime’s double scored the fifth run of the inning and chased Fairchild. Reliever Jon Fitzsimmons was greeted with a run-scoring double by Jairo Rosario to cut the deficit to 10-7, but Fitzsimmons struck out Ryan Garvey and Dom Nunez to end the game.

Notes: Tapia and pitcher Devin Burke, made the Pioneer League All-Star team, announced Saturday.

Prime and third baseman Ryan McMahon made the honorable mention list, as did manager Anthony Sanders.

Helena’s Michael Ratterree was selected the league’s MVP and Jake Sanchez of Great Falls the pitcher of the year. Helena’s Tony Diggs was voted manager of the year.

The GJ Rockies’ playoff plans are set. The regular season ends Sept. 8, with the Rockies playing at the Pioneer League South Division second-half champion in the first game of the three-game series Sept. 9. The teams return to Grand Junction for Game 2 on Sept. 10, with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 is at 7:05 p.m. on 
Sept. 11 at Suplizio Field.

Should the Rockies win the South Division, the first game of the Pioneer League championship series will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Rockies asked the league to alter the playoff schedule and allow two days between the division and championship series because of a conflict with high school football on Friday nights at adjoining Stocker Stadium.

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