Dunn, Oberg Take 1st Step Back; Estevez Begins Rehab Monday

Relievers Mike Dunn and Scott Oberg began their minor-league rehab assignments on Saturday with Triple-A Albuqeruque, both working a shutout inning in the Isotopes 3-2 victory at Fresno in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Righty Carlos Estevez, out with a right elbow strain, will begin his rehab assignment Monday at Albuquerque. Estevez's rehab will include three appearances with two-day breaks.Then he will throw with one-day breaks before being evaluated for a possible return to the Rockies. He made only four appearances at Albuquerque before being placed on the disabled list so Estevez will have a longer rehab period to make sure he is healthy.

Oberg, who spent time with the Isotopes earlier in the season, was credited with his third save on Saturday, working a scoreless seventh in the first game of a doubleheader, although he did give up two hits.

Lefty Zac Rosscup, also on a rehab assignment, made his third appearance for the Isotopes in the 2-1 loss in the Saturday nightcap, working a shutout inning. Rosscup has allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings on his assignment.

Rosscup, who has been out since spring training, will continue his assignment with Albuquerque.

Dunn and Oberg, meanwhile, are scheduled to pitch for High-A Lancaster at Modesto on Monday, and then join the Rockies in San Francisco, where they open a three-game series with the Giants on Tuesday. They most likely would be activated for Wednesday's game.

In Saturday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (38-37) split a doubleheader at Fresno, winning Game 1, 3-2 and losing Game 2, 2-1.

Antonio Senzatela (2.70) came off the disabled list and in his first appearance in 17 days worked 3 1/3 innings in Game 1, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks, striking out seven. Shane Broyles (3-1, 4.50) worked 2 1/2 shutout innings for the victory. Mike Tauchman (.345) and Raimel Tapia (.305) both had two hits and an RBI.

Nelson Gonzalez (5.45) allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk, striking out seven in three innings. Scott McGough (1-3, 6.70) failed to retire a batter, giving up a run on three hits and a walk. 

AA Hartford (36-37) won 7-2 at Binghamton. Jack Wynkoop (3-6, 6.04) allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out three in six innings. Dom Nunez (.204) and Nelson Molina (.241) both had two-run doubles in a six-run third inning.

High A Lancaster (2-1 2nd half; 35-38) . Colton Welker (.302) hit his eighth home run. Wes Rogers, in his first start since being moved from AA Hartford, was 1-for-5. Matt Dennis (4-8, 5.47) allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out two in four innings.

Low A Asheville (2-1 2nd half; 29-43) won 4-3 in 10 innings at Greenville. Taylor Snyder singled in the game-tying run in the eighth, and brought home the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th. The Tourists scored in the first when Bret Boswell (.318) led off with a triple and Ryan Vilade (.239) followed with a sacrifice fly. Chad Spanberger had a (.296) had a sacrifice fly ahead of Taylor's game-tying single in the eighth. 

Short-Season A Boise (4-5) won 9-4 at Eugene. Matt Hearn (.300) had three hits and three RBI, including two of each in a seven-run third inning. Danny Edgeworth (.324) singled in the first two runs in the inning, giving him 11 RBI, second in the Northwest League. Jeffri Ocando (1-0, 4.00) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out five in five innings.

Rookie Grand Junction (4-5) lost 8-5 at Ogden, the Rockies fourth consecutive loss. Franklin Garcia (.400) had three hits and drove in all five runs. He doubled home two runs in the fourth, singled home a run in the sixth, and doubled home two more runs in the eighth. Grant Lavigne, the Rockies second selection in the draft, made his pro debut going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Alejandro Mejia (0-1, 12.38) allowed seven runs, six earned, in five innings. Lefthander Will Tribucher, the Rockies 14th-round draft pick out of Michigan, retired all six batters he faced in his pro debut, five on strikeouts.

Dominican Summer League South (7-12) won 6-2 in a rain-shortened game at the Twins. Julio Carreras (.255) had a three-run home run in the four-run fifth. Juan Mejia (1-0, 3.92) was credited with a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.

 Dominican Summer League Northeast (10-9) lost 2-1 against the Mariners. Juan Toribio (2.40) worked 5 2./3 shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out 10. Roger Contreras (1-1, 6.75) gave up a two-run home run while retiring one batter. Eddy Diaz (.278) doubled in the Rockies run in the fifth.

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