Rested and ready, Outman joins Rox bullpen

Rested and ready, Outman joins Rox bullpen

Rested and ready, Outman joins Rox bullpen
LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies need left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman to help a tired bullpen.

Outman no doubt needs the Rockies to help put behind him a story that he can't enjoy telling.

The Rockies activated Outman, 27, on Friday and he joined the club for Saturday night's game against the Dodgers. Outman began the year on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. He suffered the injury not long after being informed late in Spring Training that he had made the team. He was battling food poisoning and suffered the injury from the force of his vomiting.

Outman rested and strengthened for two weeks, went on a gradual throwing program and didn't give up a run and struck out seven in seven innings over six Minor League rehab outings.

"There were a few clever puns made that I was the butt of, but in all reality there are a lot worse things that could've happened," Outman said. "I don't really like going to the hospital. I don't think anybody does. But my wife asked if I needed to go in and I said, 'Yes, immediately.'

"I was at the point of dehydration that my skin was pruning. I had no water left in me at all. It took three bags of fluid before they discharged me. I think it was just the force of [vomiting] and the repetition."

Outman went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA as a starter and a reliever with the A's from 2008-11. He came to camp as a competitor for a rotation spot but suffered from biceps tendinitis early in camp and showed promise as a reliever when he became healthy.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Outman can pitch in a longer role or as a lefty specialist. Also, Tracy said he might need Outman to work in the seventh or eighth inning, because primary lefty setup man Rex Brothers has had inconsistent command.

"He's had a couple of days off, so not only is he with us, but he's ready and available for whatever it is that presents itself," Tracy said.

Outman said the rehab program has made him strong.

"They had a few things they wanted me to prove to them and prove to myself -- be able to go a couple of innings, throw back-to-back [games]," Outman said. "I was also able to work on some things mechanically. There are things that you can tinker with as the season rolls on, but I try to look at the positives -- what few there were in this situation."