SAN FRANCISCO -- Jim Tracy may be Colorado's skipper, but he found out about Eliezer Alfonzo's overturned suspension just like the rest of the world.
Alfonzo, who played 25 games as a backup catcher last season, had his 100-game suspension lifted by Major League Baseball recently due to similar procedural reasons that affected the case of Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun. Tracy said he learned about Alfonzo's situation by watching TV Sunday night, after it was first reported by the Associated Press.
"It was pretty intriguing for me sitting there last night and seeing that go across the bottom line," Tracy said.
Alfonzo was not in camp with the Rockies this Spring Training and is currently believed to be in Venezuela, according to reliever Rafael Betancourt. The 33-year-old catcher batted .267 with a home run and nine RBIs in 75 at-bats last year, but Tracy didn't want to speculate on his future with the club until everything is official.
"I'm happy for that young man because he was a model citizen for us last year," Tracy said. "In his own way, he did a nice job of making a contribution and helping us to win a few games last year."