Notes: Rox opt for Shealy over Dohmann

Notes: Rox opt for Shealy over Dohmann

DENVER -- Following Monday night's game at Triple-A Colorado Springs, reliever Scott Dohmann received congratulations on being recalled to the Colorado Rockies. Dohmann struggled in nine appearances in April, logging a 18.60 ERA before his demotion. He said he was sick of looking at that number in the newspaper.

However, Dohmann spent Tuesday in Texas with the Sky Sox because of an injury to Todd Helton.

Helton strained his left calf rounding second base in the seventh inning of Monday night's 5-3 win over the Mets. Instead of recalling Dohmann, the Rockies added Ryan Shealy to their roster, and he started at first base on Tuesday.

The Rockies brought Shealy up from June 14-27 during Interleague Play, during which he started five games as the designated hitter. Shealy went 6-for-20 (.300) with a homer and three RBIs.

"I was grateful for the opportunity. Now I'm just doing everything I can to get better every day," Shealy said Monday.

The 25-year-old batted .338 for Colorado Springs with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs in 83 games. He is seventh in the Pacific Coast League in average and tied for seventh in both long balls and RBIs.

"Shealy can play. He's a big-league player, in my opinion, for somebody," said Marv Foley, manager at Colorado Springs. "He can pick it at first, knows where he's supposed to throw it, knows where he's supposed to be. He's maybe the hardest worker on the team. He's not your typical big guy. He's out here working every day. He's on a mission to get to the big leagues."

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he was looking forward to seeing Shealy actually field during the game, instead of simply taking ground balls during practice.

One of Shealy's goals in his return to Triple-A was to be more aggressive early in the count.

"It's working pretty well. When I get a good pitch, I'm hitting it more often, and I'm getting into good counts," he said.

Trade winds: With the non-waiver trade deadline this Sunday, the Rockies have a couple of players who have drawn interest on the market.

"We'll see what the week brings us," said Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd before Tuesday's game. "I really don't anticipate doing anything."

Eric Byrnes, who Colorado acquired July 13 in a deal with Oakland, has been rumored to be of interest to the New York Yankees, a team looking for a center fielder. Byrnes met with O'Dowd before Tuesday's game in the dugout.

O'Dowd said he had never met Byrnes in person, and wanted to say hello and see if Byrnes had any questions for the GM.

Starter Shawn Chacon has also been linked to the Yankees, as well as the Rangers and Giants. He is 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA, the best mark on the Colorado staff.

"I don't think there's much going on there, so we'll see," said O'Dowd of any potential deal for Chacon.

Chacon is arbitration-eligible this offseason and the Rockies may not want to pay his price tag, which will increase through the arbitration process. The Rockies signed Chacon to a $2.85 million deal last offseason to avoid arbitration.

The team could deal Chacon following the end of the year, or sign him and then trade him.

Saturday's starter? After six strong innings Monday night, Jose Acevedo certainly earned consideration for a second start, which would come on Saturday. However, Aaron Cook finished his rehab assignment Monday and could get the nod.

"I think what we have to evaluate is who needs the starts more," Hurdle said. "Jose pitched a great ballgame last night, and I do think there'll be opportunities for him. And I know we need to get Aaron back involved. We're still talking through some issues."

Hurdle spoke with Acevedo and Cook before Tuesday's game.

"I'm ready to pitch," said Cook. He threw 7 1/3 innings Monday, giving up four hits and two runs. He went 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in seven rehab starts.

Cook has missed the entire season due to blood clots in both lungs that occurred last August while pitching against Cincinnati.

Monday's start was the first of the season for Acevedo, and he missed 43 games with a right groin strain. He has made 17 appearances out of the bullpen, posting a 1-0 record and 3.92 ERA.

After Monday's game, Acevedo said he would try and lobby for another start.

Barmes back to work: Sidelined since early June with a broken collarbone, rookie shortstop Clint Barmes has been working out the past couple of days. He played catch and fielded some ground balls, the first real baseball activity he's done since the injury.

"We'd love to have him back," Hurdle said.

Before being injured, Barmes was a leading candidate for National League Rookie of the Year and was in line to be the Rockies' All-Star. In 54 games, he hit .329 with eight homers, 34 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage. Despite missing 43 games as of Tuesday, Barmes still led all NL rookies in batting average and extra-base hits.

On deck: The Rockies and Mets wrap up a three-game series Wednesday, with Jamey Wright (5-10, 5.30 ERA) going for Colorado. New York starts Victor Zambrano (4-9, 3.86 ERA).

Michael Gluskin is a contributor to Thomas Harding contributed to this article. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.