Feb 23, 2010 10:42 PM

Hammel enters spring training as Rockies fifth starter

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The fifth starter in many major league rotations fills that role by default. Not on the Colorado Rockies.

Jason Hammel is an asset rather than an afterthought, an indication of the depth of Colorado's rotation.

In addition to Hammel, the group includes right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who is expected to start on opening day. After that, in an order to be determined, are left-hander Jeff Francis, right-hander Aaron Cook and lefty Jorge De La Rosa.

Then comes Hammel, acquired by the Rockies from Tampa Bay one day before the start of last season for minor league pitcher Aneury Rodriguez.

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