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Rincon returning to Rockies

Rincon returning to Rockies

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DENVER -- Veteran right-handed pitcher Juan Rincon agreed to return to the Rockies under a Minor League contract and will compete for a roster spot this spring, according to a Major League source.

The club has not officially announced the signing.

Rincon, who turns 31 on Jan. 23, went 3-2 with a 7.52 ERA in 26 games with the Rockies in 2009. He began the year with the Tigers but was released after seven appearances (1-0, 5.23 ERA). Rincon's stint with the Rockies was interrupted by a bout with elbow tightness, which cost him much of August.

Other members of the 2009 club who are still with the organization and candidates to participate in Spring Training as non-roster invitees are catcher Paul Phillips (.311, 1 HR, 9 RBIs in 17 games) and infielder Omar Quintanilla (.172, 0 HR, 2 RBIs in 58 games). Also, Jonathan Herrera, who didn't appear for the Rockies last season but did play in 2008, has re-signed with the club under a Minor League deal after hitting .269 with two homers and 33 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Other members of the 2009 Colorado Springs club who have agreed to Minor League deals with the Rockies are right-handed reliever Matt Wilhite (0-4, 7.21 in 38 games for the Sky Sox after beginning the year in the Angels organization) and left-hander Kurt Birkins (3-2, 3.49 in 25 games, including 12 starts).

Players from Double-A Tulsa who will stay with the Rockies' system are outfielder Ryan Harvey (.246, with team highs for home runs, 23, and RBIs, 82), catcher Dayton Buller (.261, 1 HR, 7 RBIs in 26 games) and right-handed pitcher Chin Lung Lo (0-1, 6.39 in three Tulsa starts, after going 1-1, 3.86 in 16 games at Class A Modesto).

The Rockies also have Minor League agreements with outfielder Robert Perry, who played in the Padres' organization and the independent Frontier League last season and was a teammate of Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki at Long Beach State; and catcher Anthony Aguilera, who was undrafted after completing last season at San Jose State.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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