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Bridich discusses Rockies' Deadline strategy

Tapia optioned to Triple-A; Marquez activated for Sunday start
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DENVER -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich didn't pronounce the club done with its moves before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he did say the club has the players to shore up what could be considered areas for improvement.

On Friday, a day after completing a trade with the Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh, here's what Bridich had to say:

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DENVER -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich didn't pronounce the club done with its moves before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but he did say the club has the players to shore up what could be considered areas for improvement.

On Friday, a day after completing a trade with the Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh, here's what Bridich had to say:

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• Of the Rockies' left-handed relief corps: "Jake McGee can take a step up, be more consistent, which we believe he will. I feel like a healthy Harrison Musgrave is also a big part of that. [Right-hander] Bryan Shaw does equally well against lefties in his career as he does against righties. There are some pieces, and we are very hopeful that Chris [Rusin's] injury [right foot plantar fasciitis] is not a protracted one."

• Of the Rockies' three catchers -- Chris Iannetta, Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters: "We're getting more questions from teams asking if we would trade them catching than us reaching out to anybody."

• Of the starting pitching, which entered Friday tied with the Dodgers for the Major League ERA lead since June 28 at 3.08: "Some of it has to do with health … but I do think you have to give a lot of credit to our staff and our rotation."

Whether the acquisition of Oh, who had a bad travel day and did not make it in time for Friday night's game against the Athletics, is the shot the team needs in a tough National League West, Bridich said time will tell.

"I buy into it if the players and the staff, if that's a part of their thought process," Bridich said. "Would that be the only way to go about this time of year or season? No. I do believe that we did a lot of our work and a lot of our spending in the wintertime. There are some players on this team, that in order for us to get to where we want to get to and do what we want to do, they have to be the ones that play better.

"This time of year is not going to solve every single thing on your team or your roster. Can it help? Yes."

Oh helps by bringing closing experience (41 saves in three seasons with the Cardinals and Blue Jays), a four-pitch mix and a high strikeout rate (212 K's against 43 walks in 186 Major League innings). Bridich acknowledged that the Rockies researched Oh and negotiated with him during the offseason, but he instead signed with Toronto, where he had a 2.68 ERA, two saves and 55 strikeouts against 10 walks in 47 innings.

"We saw in 2016 what he could do. He had a spectacular year in [the Cardinals'] bullpen," Bridich said. "He had a little bit lesser of a year in '17. He was utilized a lot, probably wore down a little bit, and we felt like he was a very good bounce-back candidate. That's why we did a lot of research and work on him in the winter."

Video: TOR@HOU: Oh strikes out Altuve and picks up the save

Rockies manager Bud Black said Oh can be used in any late-game situation against either right- and left-handed batters.

"As I watch pitchers, I really liked the way he threw," Black said. "The fastball carry -- the hop to the fastball -- even though the velocity is on a scouting scale Major League average, but it plays up above that. He's got a couple different secondary weapons that are very effective -- the slider, the change and he can throw a slower hook. This guy can pitch."

Roster moves
Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for right-handed starter German Marquez, who came off paternity leave and will start Sunday's series finale against the Athletics. Outfielder David Dahl was reinstated from the disabled list after breaking his right foot on May 30. He was also optioned to Triple-A.

"I feel good," Dahl said. "I'm ready to go. I want to be back here playing. I just want to get going."

In addition, Mike Dunn was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list (left AC joint inflammation). The move made room on the Rockies' 40-man roster for Oh. Once Oh arrives, the club will have to make room for him on the 25-man roster, though.

Bettis' rehab start set
Right-hander Chad Bettis (right middle finger blister) will make his second injury rehab start on Saturday for Albuquerque at Colorado Springs. Bettis left his previous rehab outing last Saturday because the blister bothered him, but he has checked out fine since.

Former Giants and Athletics reliever Santiago Casilla will soon join Albuquerque after agreeing to terms with the Rockies on Thursday.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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