They've decided to turn to Triple-A Colorado Springs for that much-needed lift over the next two days against the Padres. Colorado will hand the ball to right-hander Alex White on Tuesday for his first start of the season.
The Padres, who won the series opener on Monday night, got exactly the lift Colorado is looking for from Jeff Suppan last Wednesday. He'll start Tuesday's game for San Diego after pitching five scoreless innings against the Brewers.
The outing will be the second start of the season for Suppan, who is expected to throw close to 90 pitches against the Rockies.
His counterpart, White, 23, struggled in seven big league starts (2-4, 8.42 ERA) late last season after he arrived from the Indians in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. White was recovering from a middle finger injury that he sustained pitching in the Minors for Cleveland.
Now, he's up in the big leagues because of a pair of injuries in the Rockies' starting rotation. Fellow callup Christian Friedrich will get the ball in Wednesday's series finale.
"Some unfortunate circumstances happened up here for me to be here," White said. "The thing is, it's just a good opportunity. I want to pitch well and be able to finish strong."
White appears to have gained consistency on his sinker and developed a slider. He was 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA, 21 strikeouts and eight walks for the Sky Sox.
"He looks as under control as I've seen him look since we acquired him," said manager Jim Tracy, who has caught some of White's games on MiLB.com. "I don't see the violence at the end of his delivery, trying to get the ball to the glove side."
Fourteen years White's senior, Suppan spent the entire 2011 season pitching in Triple-A. He then missed most of March with a triceps injury.
"I had a lot of emotions," Suppan said after his last start. "... But my job was to get my butterflies to fly in formation. I wanted to go out and follow a game plan. That's where my focus was."
Rockies: Chacin to disabled list
The Rockies placed right-hander Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day DL, rescinding his demotion to Triple-A because he has right shoulder inflammation.
The decision means Chacin (0-3, 7.30 ERA in five starts) maintains a Minor League option.
"We've got to get him quieted down so we can get him back out there and pitching," Tracy said. "It's in the shoulder/biceps area. It's not anything really specific, but there's some inflammation."
Troy Tulowitzki's nine-game hitting streak, which was a season high for a Rockie, came to an end with his 0-for-3 night on Monday. Tulowitzki only hit .275 during the streak.
Padres: Stauffer's return will mean decision for Padres
Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer will start on Wednesday for Class A Lake Elsinore in his third, and likely final, rehab outing. Stauffer threw 70 pitches in his last start.
"He's got to build up his stamina and his pitch count," Padres manager Bud Black said. "But he's in a good place."
The Padres will have an interesting decision to make when Stauffer is ready to come off the DL. Anthony Bass and Joe Wieland have both pitched well, but only one figures to remain on the big league roster.
Outfielder Mark Kotsay has six RBIs this season, the result of four hits. All four of those RBI hits have given the Padres the lead.
The Rockies have won six straight series at Petco Park, dating back to the 2010 season, but would need to win the next two games to keep that streak intact.
Todd Helton owns a .331 average against the Padres in 224 career games.