Ian Stewart called up from the Sky Sox

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies recalled right-hander Tim Harikkala from Triple-A Colorado Springs and sent down right-handed pitcher Ryan Speier following their 15-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Harikkala, 36, will make his second start in the majors on Sunday in the final game of the Rockies' four-game series with the Cubs.

Colorado signed Harikkala to a minor-league contract July 27, and he went 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA in four games with the Sky Sox. Before signing with Colorado, Harikkala spent most of the previous two seasons pitching for the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Harikkala appeared in 55 games for the Rockies in 2004, all in relief, going 6-6 with a 4.74 ERA. His only start came in 1996 with the Seattle Mariners, when he gave up six runs and four hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Speier was called up from Colorado Springs on Monday. He appeared in four games, going 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA.

Before the game Saturday, the Rockies called up Ian Stewart from Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed infielder Jeff Baker on the 15-day disabled list.

Stewart made his major league debut against the Cubs, starting at third base. The 22-year-old was hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

"We're bringing up a guy that's done a good job and has some barrel to his bat," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's been on a nice run, and he seemed to be the fit for the time. Whether the opportunity is short or long, we'll figure that out as we go along."

Baker was hit in the head with a pitch by Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis on Friday night. Baker suffered a mild concussion and a cut on his cheek.

"That's as good as we could have hoped for with the circumstances we're dealing with," Hurdle said of Baker's injury. "Anytime you see that happen, you go to a scary place. He's pretty resilient."


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