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Rockies Bring Up Left-Hander Mike Farmer from Triple-A Sky Sox

April 30, 1996 GMT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Colorado Rockies coach Don Baylor wasn’t paying much attention to the outcome of Monday’s 2-1 exhibition loss to the Rockies’ Triple-A farm team, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

He was more concerned about acquiring a fresh pitcher.

The Rockies promoted left-hander Mike Farmer from the Sky Sox shortly before the game, which was shortened to seven innings so the Rockies could fly to Los Angeles for their series with the Dodgers.

Farmer will take the roster spot vacated by Brian Rekar, who was demoted along with his 13.97 ERA to Colorado Springs a day earlier.


The 27-year-old Farmer began spring training with the Rockies as part of the 40-man roster, but started the regular season in Colorado Springs. He was 2-1 with a 2.06 ERA in five starts for the Sky Sox. He threw complete games in his last two starts, including a 1-0, two-hit win over Vancouver on Saturday.

The Rockies’ 21-9 home loss to Montreal on Sunday helped balloon their collective ERA to 6.31.

``Based on his last start and his last two outings, we felt he was the best available pitcher at this time,″ Rockies general manager Bob Gebhard said. ``We think he can help our ballclub more than anybody else can at this point in time.″

Farmer said he was trying to keep his first big-league promotion in perspective.

``I’m in awe right now,″ he said. ``I’ll just try to take what I had here, as far as control and everything.″

The Rockies were also pleased with the effort of Roger Bailey. As part of his rehabilitation from a knee injury that put him on the disabled list, Bailey pitched the first three innings Monday, limiting the Sky Sox to one hit.

Although he remains on the Rockies’ disabled list, Bailey accompanied the Rockies on their trip to the West Coast.