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Brothers reaches majors with callup from Rockies

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rex Brothers seen last year in spring training with the Colorado Rockies.
(Submitted photo)
Rex Brothers heard the news on Friday that he's been waiting to hear since he started playing baseball at a young age.

The former Shelbyville Central, Community and Lipscomb University standout was called up to play for the Colorado Rockies.

Brothers was told of his promotion late Friday night and joined the team Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

He has been playing for Colorado Springs, the Rockies Triple A affiliate, since spring training.

"After our game Friday night our pitching coach came up to me and told me that the manager wanted to see me in his office and that's when they informed me that I was going up," Brothers said. "I went back to the hotel with the team and then caught a flight to San Francisco early this morning.

"I didn't get much sleep and I'm running on fumes but I'm very excited. It really hasn't sunk in all the way. I think it will really hit me when I get to the field and go into the clubhouse and finally get with the team."

"The Rockies arguably have never had a more promising rookie reliever," Troy Renck of The Denver Post wrote in his blog Saturday.

Brothers several years ago as a pitcher for the Shelbyville Golden Eagles.
(T-G File Photo by Gary Johnson)
"With Matt Reynolds, if Brothers evolves like we think he can, we could have the most dynamic left-handed bullpen arms in baseball," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Renck.

The talented left-hander, who was drafted by the Rockies in 2009 at pick 34 of the first round, was one of a few non-roster players invited to participate in spring training.

He had a very successful spring training and nearly worked his way onto the opening day roster before being optioned to Colorado Springs.

Brothers continued to pitch well for the Sky Sox, posting a 3-2 record with a 2.80 ERA while collecting 45 strikeouts and 15 walks over 28 innings.

"I'm not sure what all is going to happen and take place over the next few days. I'll just figure all of this out on the fly," Brothers said.

His father Andy and brother Hunter caught a early flight out on Saturday morning to San Francisco with his mother Carol and sister Courtney hoping to join them sometime this week.