When 6-foot-8 right-hander Chris Volstadt buries his sinker down in the zone, he can be an effective pitcher.
In his first two outings this spring, he managed to be just that, giving up a combined one run on three hits over five innings. He hopes his early spring performance puts him in contention for a slot in the rotation.
"I'm definitely telling myself that and going out there to prove that," Volstadt said Friday after pitching three innings against the Brewers, allowing one run and two hits.
Said manager Walt Weiss: "That's exactly why we brought him in, to compete for that spot. His first outing was really good. His strength is his ability to sink the ball. He's got to be at the bottom of the zone."
Volstadt, who's in camp on a minor-league contract, accomplished that Friday for the most part, though he did hang a pitch that Milwaukee's Jean Segura blasted for a triple to lead off the fourth.
CarGo delivers. Watch out, world. Carlos Gonzalez is heating up.
The left fielder, who will join Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team Sunday, launched his first homer of spring, a mammoth solo shot to the berm beyond right field in the fifth inning. In the third inning, he rocketed a two-run, opposite-field double to left.
"It's a good sign when you use the whole field for power, so today was a good day," said Gonzalez, who will start for the Rockies on Saturday against Oakland before leaving camp.

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