Worth noting

Worth noting

• The Rockies are beginning a 10-game road trip Monday with games at Toronto, Washington and Boston. As has been the case with seemingly every road trip this year, Weiss was asked to address the significance of the trip.

"It seems like every time we've gone on the road this year, we've said, 'Man, this is going to be a tough trip,'" said Weiss, who has preached an even-keeled approach to road trips as a way for the Rockies to combat their traditional woes away from Coors Field. "I don't think it's ever an easy trip. You're going out on the road, and it's tough to win away from your park.

"It always seems we're playing good clubs, regardless who we match up against. It's another challenge for us. We've done a nice job on the road this year."

• Right-hander Rafael Betancourt, who hasn't pitched in a game since May 31 because of a right groin strain, said he will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, and he plans to throw a live batting practice session Friday while the club is in Washington. Betancourt said his goal is to use the batting practice to work his way into game shape, so that he will not have to have a Minor League rehab assignment, and would like to return after the road trip.

• Rogers was all smiles while visiting with former Rockies teammates during batting practice, but that will change Tuesday when he faces Francis.

"It's exciting that I'm going to face my old team, but I have to do my job. If I have to face my mom or my brother, I have to do my job," Rogers said. "I can't wait to face these guys, and they can't wait to face me."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.