Rockies Add Contreras, Ship Hynick

The Rockies made a move to bolster their pitching staff for the playoff run on Tuesday, picking up veteran right-hander Jose Contreras from the Chicago White Sox. Contreras, who has made 12 post-season appearances, could start for Colorado on Saturday.

The Rockies picked up Jose Contreras on Tuesday, trading away one of their best pitching prospects in the process. Contreras, who has started 21 games for the Chicago White Sox this season, has posted a 5-13 record, to go along with an earned run average of 5.42. The 37-year old Contreras is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, a 3.1 inning drubbing at the hands of the New York Yankees. He will likely join Colorado's rotation this week.

Hynick, who was rated as high as 17th in the organization by RockiesInsider.com, won ten games for Colorado Springs this season, and posted a 3.283 earned run average in 26 starts. In total, Hynick threw two complete game shutouts, struck out 97 batters, and walked 48. He is coming off three consecutive tough outings, though he may get called up to Chicago when the rosters expand.

Contreras, a veteran of several pennant races with the Yankees and the White Sox, gives the Rockies an experienced starter heading into the final stretch. The Rockies and Giants are tied for the National League Wild Card. In 12 appearances in the post-season, including four starts, Contreras has a 3.77 earned run average, while winning three games.

Contreras could make his Rockies debut on Saturday, as the Rockies need a fill-in for Aaron Cook, who is on the shelf with a sore shoulder.

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