Brothers' first spring appearance a rousing success

Rockies lefty reliever tosses perfect inning after fixing mechanical issues

Brothers' first spring appearance a rousing success

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The most successful Rockies return Monday was by left-hander Rex Brothers.

In his first game of Spring Training -- after using extra throwing sessions to correct some of the mechanical issues that led to a rough 2014 -- Brothers threw a perfect sixth inning with a strikeout in a 2-2 tie with the Reds.

"To be like that, that early, obviously throwing for strikes, I felt good about it," said Brothers, whose fastball ranged 93-95 mph and whose slider and changeup were effective. "I felt good about it. The biggest thing is for me is getting back out there after everything that happened out there felt the best."

Brothers posted a 1.74 ERA in 72 games in 2013 and was being discussed as the Rockies' future closer. But his ERA ballooned to 5.59 last season in 72 games.

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Manager Walt Weiss delayed Brothers' Cactus League debut so he could spend time with bullpen coach Darren Holmes to ensure the corrections took hold. On Monday, his leg kick and arm action were more compact than last year.

"Good arm speed, and he was just out there competing, not thinking about anything else," Weiss said.

Brothers threw strikes on six of his eight pitches, including the first pitch to all three batters -- Brandon Phillips, who fanned on a low 1-2 slider; Brennan Boesch, who was out when left fielder Kyle Parker crumpled against the wall in foul ground for a catch; and Jesse Winkler, who grounded to first.

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