"I think he was respectful," Hurdle said. "Obviously, we know this is something he's going to have to find a way to move forward on and embrace for the betterment of the team. This is team-related. There was competition for the fifth starting position. Josh Fogg won that opportunity.
"We've seen him struggle, and there's a long history of him doing well [in the bullpen], also. It's kind of like when you pull a hamstring, you don't pull it forever."Apodaca hopes Kim can settle in his role for the betterment of the club.
"Any starter that goes to the bullpen, it's changing a lot of routines," Apodaca said. "But in the bigger picture, this is where he's going to help the Colorado Rockies starting in April. We don't hope he accepts it. We need that acceptance."When the time comes for a spot start from the bullpen, Kim might not be first in line. Buchholz could make an emergency start. Jimenez, who impressed this spring (0-1, 2.45 ERA, 1 save), is close to ready. Also, righty Brian Lawrence, a year after shoulder surgery, hasn't thrown as many as 75 pitches in a game and most likely will begin the year in extended Spring Training, but the Rockies will soon need a place for him. Last spring, Martin was a non-roster invitee whom Hurdle remembered as having pitched well against the Rockies, and that memory helped Martin make the club despite some struggles. During the regular season, Martin went 2-0 with a 5.07 ERA and was better on the road (2-0, 2.93) than at home (0-0, 7.28). This offseason, the Rockies signed Martin to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Recently, Hurdle said the Rockies felt they and Martin wanted to stick with their commitment. Removing Gallo (0-1, 5.14 ERA this spring), at least for now, gives Martin a chance to justify Hurdle's thought process, again. "In Gallo's case, he came in and he made his presence known," Hurdle said. "He gives us an opportunity that if things don't go well initially out of the bullpen, we've got options to go to sooner than later. "In Tom's case, I think it's a veteran presence and guy that has done it. We're giving him every opportunity to reacquire the command that he has shown and to play this thing out as long as we can until we decide to go in a different direction." It all adds up to Kim and Martin being on notice. "Nothing's permanent," Apodaca said. "We hope it is. We hope every decision we make lasts the entire year. It means we made good decisions and everybody is doing well."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.