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VER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy was coy on Wednesday afternoon while discussing Jamie Moyer's replacement in the starting rotation, choosing to reveal only that the pitcher was "in-house."
A few hours later, after the Rockies beat the Astros 13-5, Tracy announced that left-handed pitcher Josh Outman (0-1, 9.64 ERA) will start Friday against the Dodgers. Outman has not pitched longer than one inning for the Rockies thus far.
"He's stretched out to go a little bit, and then he'll be piggy-backed with somebody," Tracy said. "Slowly but surely, we'll stretch him out to where he gets the point where he can determine his own fate from one start to the next."
Outman says he'll throw about 50 pitches, with more opportunities to come.
"The way it was put to me was that this isn't going to be a spot-start," Outman said. "It's going to be the first step in stretching me out to be a starter for the long haul."
Outman was acquired from Oakland in a January 16 trade involving outfielder Seth Smith. As a starting pitcher, Outman has an 8-7 record with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 appearances.
Moyer, 49, was designated for assignment after going 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts.
The Rockies called up right-hander Carlos Torres from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill Moyer's spot on the roster. Torres was 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in seven starts with the Sky Sox, but is ticketed for bullpen work with the Rockies. Torres has not pitched more than 5 2/3 innings in any Triple-A start, and threw three scoreless innings last Friday.
This is Torres' third call-up. The Rockies added him Monday under a new rule that allows a 26th player to be added for a doubleheader, but didn't use him. By rule, the Rockies had to send Torres back to the Sky Sox before recalling him to fill Moyer's roster spot.