DENVER -- The Rockies acquired right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to serve as an innings-eating example for younger pitchers on the staff.
In recent games the staff did quite well while Guthrie was on the disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. Now Guthrie wants to keep up with the others.
Guthrie returned from the disabled list on Tuesday in San Francisco, and was effective if not lengthy. He held the Giants to one unearned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, but left after 90 pitches. The Rockies won, but blew Guthrie's lead, so he ended up with a no-decision.
Guthrie said he is recovering well between starts and expects to give the team greater length on Sunday when he faces the Mariners at Coors Field.
"I didn't feel any different from any other start; I felt pretty strong, even at the end," Guthrie said of his work against the Giants, when he struck out four and walked four. "I felt pretty normal other than being a little rusty at the start, facing Major League hitters. I wasn't able to get into the strike zone.
Juan Nicasio, in what he hopes is his first full big league season, has been the team's best pitcher. Recent callup Christian Friedrich has had two impressive outings. Alex White has been effective for all but one inning in two outings since he was called up from Triple-A. Jamie Moyer ended a run of short and ineffective starts with a win against the D-backs on Wednesday night.
"It was tough not to be there for the team, especially when we struggled," Guthrie said. "We're trying to get the pitching staff more consistently better. It's good to be a part of it. Hopefully, I can go out there, work deeper into games and have everybody feed off each other."