Desperate times call for desperate measures, but this is ridiculous.
A day after the Rockies bullpen coughed up two late runs in Arizona's 6-5 win over Colorado on Tuesday, the GM Dan O'Dowd called upon former Sox reliever Mike Timlin to come in for a second workout at Coors Field according to the Denver Post.
Timlin, who lives in the area, will throw another bullpen session on Friday, when the Rockies will decide whether or not to offer the 43-year-old a minor league contract.
The 6-foot-4 righty hasn't pitched since October, but he has stayed in shape by playing catch with former teammate Mike Myers and throwing batting practice to his son Jake's youth team. His son will be 13 in August.
“Sometimes the time off helps,’’ said Timlin. "God has given me the strength to do this. I believe I can still pitch at this level.’’
Timlin pitched six seasons in Boston, posting a 30-22 record with a 3.76 ERA and 27 saves in 394 appearances. In his 18-year career, Timlin went 75-73 with a 3.63 ERA in 1,058 games with Toronto, Boston, St. Louis, Seattle, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
The Rockies' bullpen had allowed nine earned runs in three of their last four games entering Wednesday.