Mar 4, 2010 1:55 AM

Rockies pitcher hopes for a rebound season

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pitcher Greg Smith has been the other guy for the Colorado Rockies.

They acquired the 26-year-old left-hander from the Oakland Athletics in the November 2008 deal for left fielder Matt Holliday that also brought closer Huston Street and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to Colorado.

The latter two flourished last year and helped the Rockies reach the postseason as the National League wild-card team.

Smith languished, his 2009 season hampered by a succession of mishaps starting in spring training that limited him to 11 starts and 49 1-3 innings at three Rockies farm clubs.

Smith says Wednesday that "Last year, it was whether or not I was going to be able to throw in my mind or if it was going to hurt or what was going to hurt,"

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