(12/14/2009) Among lower-level free agents, three right-handers agreed to minor-league contracts: Elmer Dessens with the Mets ($700,000 in majors, $90,000 in minors), Josh Towers with the Dodgers ($700,000/$100,000) and Ryan Speier with the Nationals ($425,000/$90,000).
Speier sent down by Colorado
(7/24/2009) The Rockies added Rafael Betancourt to their roster a day after acquiring the right-handed reliever from Cleveland. The Rockies also purchased the contract of right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from Double-A Tulsa on Friday. To make room for the pitchers on the roster, Colorado designated reliever Ryan Speier for assignment and placed right-hander Manuel Corpas on the 15-day disabled list. Corpas had arthroscopic surgery Friday, removing a bone chip from his elbow.
Rockies activate Speier
(7/21/2009) The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed reliever Ryan Speier from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned righty Joel Peralta to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Speier's rehab moves to Triple-A
(5/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Ryan Speier joined Triple-A Colorado Springs after making stops on his rehab assignment at high Class A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa. Manager Clint Hurdle said Speier, who has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since April 19, would make two or three appearances with Colorado Springs. Speier has been working on maintaining an arm slot parallel to the ground with his arm on top of the ball, which gives his pitches more sinking action and movement. Speier gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning for Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
Speier's rehab moves up to Double-A
(5/20/2009) Reliever Ryan Speier was assigned to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
Speier sent on Class A rehab assignment
(5/12/2009) Rockies reliever Ryan Speier was assigned to the Double-A Modesto Nuts for a rehab assignment Monday.
Speier working bullpen sessions
(4/29/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Ryan Speier threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Monday and is scheduled to throw again Wednesday. He went on the 15-day disabled list April 21 retroactive to April 19 with a strained left hamstring. He was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in five games and has allowed six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. He has been scored upon in his past two appearances. Speier has retired just one of the five first batters he has faced and has allowed the four runners he has inherited to score. Speier said his hamstring began bothering him in the waning days of spring training and reached a point where it was affecting his delivery. "I'm much more upright," he said, "and I wasn't staying down through my pitches because I'm favoring it so much."
Speier was pitching hurt in April
(4/27/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Ryan Speier was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 21 retroactive to April 19 with a strained left hamstring. He was 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in five games and has allowed six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings with two strikeouts. He has been scored upon in his past two appearances. Speier has retired just one of the five first batters he has faced and has allowed the four runners he has inherited to score. Speier said his hamstring began bothering him in the waning days of spring training and reached a point where it was affecting his delivery. "I'm much more upright," he said, "and I wasn't staying down through my pitches because I'm favoring it so much."
Speier placed on DL Tuesday
(4/21/2009) Colorado placed right-hander Ryan Speier on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Tuesday. Speier's move is retroactive to April 19.
Speier having an eye-opening spring
(3/19/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: RHP Ryan Speier finished last season with 10 scoreless appearances covering 11 2/3 innings, and he has stayed in that pitching groove this spring. He posted five scoreless innings in his first four games with two hits allowed, no walks and four strikeouts. "The opportunities are out there," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Certain guys move upon them; certain guys don't move upon them. He's come in focused, and he did have some momentum at the end of last year that he's carried through."
Rockies add RP Speier to bullpen
(8/20/2008) The Colorado Rockies placed reliever Matt Herges (lower back stiffness) on the 15-day DL and recalled reliever Ryan Speier on Wednesday.
Speier down; De Los Santos to start
(7/28/2008) The Rockies have called up left-handed pitcher Valerio De Los Santos from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start in Monday night's game at Pittsburgh. The Rockies optioned right-hander Ryan Speier to Colorado Springs to make room for De Los Santos on the roster. The 35-year-old De Los Santos was 3-5 with an ERA of 4.92 in 17 games at Colorado Springs this season, including seven starts. Jason Hirsh was MLB.com's projected starter Monday night, but De Los Santos gets the call instead.
Speier called up; Bowers sent down
(7/11/2008) Colorado recalled right-hander Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the Rockies played the New York Mets on Friday night. To make room for Speier the Rockies optioned left-hander Cedrick Bowers to Colorado's top farm team.
Bowers called up; Speier sent down
(7/1/2008) The Colorado Rockies recalled left-handed reliever Cedrick Bowers from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Ryan Speier. Bowers was 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 39.1 innings for the Sky Sox this season. He appeared in 16 games, starting two. Bowers gives the Rockies a second left-hander in their bullpen, joining closer Brian Fuentes.
Speier activated from 15-day DL
(6/4/2008) Rockies RP Ryan Speier, sidelined since May 12 because of a bruised shoulder, was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and rookie RP Alberto Arias was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Speier blows hold in rehab
(5/29/2008) Rockies RP Ryan Speier (shoulder) began a Class A rehab assignment with Asheville Thursday. Speier lasted just 2/3 of an inning while allowing one hit, two walks and two runs. He struck out two but was charged with a blown save.
Speier to start rehab Wednesday
(5/27/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Rockies RP Ryan Speier (right shoulder contusion) will throw one inning in a simulated game Tuesday and then join low Class A Asheville at Rome, Ga., on Wednesday to begin a rehab assignment.
Speier placed on 15-day DL
(5/15/2008) The Rockies placed reliever Ryan Speier on the 15-day DL with a bruised right rotator cuff. They recalled reliever Josh Newman from the minors.
RP Speier to be significant piece
(4/8/2008) According to the Sports Xchange notes: RHP Ryan Speier won't be brought along slowly. He earned the respect of the team with the way he pitched down the stretch last year. "We have a history with him," said manager Clint Hurdle. "He was as important a part of our bullpen as anyone last September and October. He had a save in the playoffs and won three games (during the 14-1 finish to the regular season)."
R. Speier pitches Sunday
(4/7/2008) The Denver Post reports that Ryan Speier allowed a hit and a walk, with one strikeout, in one-third of an inning against Arizona Sunday. He arrived with the team in the fifth inning (he was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier). "I feel good, I feel strong," he said. "It's good to be back up."
Rockies DL Vizcaino, add R. Speier
(4/5/2008) The Rockies placed RP Luis Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list because of a right shoulder strain after their 7-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday. The team called up righty Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Vizcaino's place. The move is retroactive to April 4.
(3/29/2008) Right-handed pitcher Ryan Speier and catcher Edwin Bellorin were optioned to Colorado Springs, and the team said right-handers Jose F. Capellan and John Towers cleared outright waivers and will report to the Triple-A Sky Sox.
Ryan Speier looks good so far
(3/14/2008)Ryan Speier has just a 1.50 ERA in six spring innings so far for the Rockies.
Speier picks another relief win
(9/26/2007) Ryan Speier (3-1) pitched one inning for the win Tuesday after relieving starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Manuel Corpas induced Andy LaRoche to ground out to second with a runner on base for his 17th save in 20 attempts.
Speier picks up another big win
(9/23/2007) Rookie Ryan Speier (2-1) got the victory Saturday, striking out three of the five batters he faced. Speier escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth to preserve Colorado's 3-2 lead. "If there was a save out there (Saturday), Speier would have gotten it," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "It was a big shot in the arm for us right there in the middle of the game."
Speier picks up rare relief win
(9/19/2007) Until Todd Helton's big homer, David Wells was in line for the win despite his first shaky outing with the Dodgers. Instead, it went to Ryan Speier (1-1), who pitched a perfect ninth.
Ryan Speier joins Rockies Sunday
(9/3/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: RHPs Ryan Speier and Juan Morillo, originally expected to be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, had their arrival moved up two days because the Rockies were short in the bullpen after RHP Elmer Dessens' abbreviated start on Saturday and because RHP Taylor Buchholz has been unavailable since Tuesday because of right elbow inflammation.
Speier optioned to Triple-A
(8/12/2007) 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.
Speier works 5th, 6th innings
(8/8/2007) RHP Ryan Speier's role out of the bullpen will be to work the fifth or sixth innings.
Rockies call up R. Speier
(8/7/2007) Colorado optioned RHP Ramon Ramirez to Triple-A Colorado Springs and purchased the contract of RHP Ryan Speier from its top farm club.
One and done for RP Speier
(5/28/2007) Ryan Speier's time up with the Colorado Rockies didn't last long. After the Rockies' 6-2 win over St. Louis on Monday, Speier was optioned back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (strained right elbow), who will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Speier recalled by Rockies
(5/28/2007) The Colorado Rockies put right-handed pitcher Josh Fogg on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained left groin. Fogg was injured while running to first base on a bunt attempt in his start last Tuesday in Arizona. The move is retroactive to May 23. Colorado called up righty Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Speier gone, Bautista called up
(4/29/2007) The Rockies optioned RP Ryan Speier to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled RP Denny Bautista on Sunday.
Ryan Speier takes a loss
(4/25/2007) Speier worked the 12th inning in Tuesday's game at N.Y. Mets. He allowed an earned run, hit and two walks in one inning of work to take the loss.
R. Speier joins Rockies
(4/21/2007) Colorado called up right-handed pitchers Ryan Speier and Bobby Keppel from Triple-A Colorado Springs Saturday. "We had to fill some voids," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to have some depth. Bobby provides us with depth and obviously Speier has some experience to pitch in a variety of different situations," Hurdle said.
Rockies make some minor cuts
(3/18/2007) The Rockies reassigned RHP Bobby Keppel, RHP Zach McClellan, LHP Oscar Rivera and C Edwin Bellorin to minor-league camp. Also, they optioned RHP Denny Bautista, C Alvin Colina, SS Omar Quintanilla and RHP Ryan Speier to Triple-A Colorado Springs and RHP Darren Clarke to Double-A Tulsa.
Rockies make roster moves Friday
(3/16/2007) The Rockies optioned RHPs Denny Bautista and Ryan Speier, C Alvin Colina, and INF Omar Quintanilla to Triple-A Colorado Springs, and RHP Darren Clarke to Double-A Tulsa on Friday.
Speier wins in return to bullpen
(3/9/2007) Rockies RP Ryan Speier (shoulder) picked up the win after blowing the lead in Friday's spring game against the Mariners. He went one inning, allowing two hits and one earned run.
Rockies add three to 40-man roster
(11/26/2006) The Colorado Rockies purchased the contracts of RHP Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs, SS Jonathan Herrera from Double-A Tulsa and RHP Darren Clarke from Class A Modesto.
Speier throws off a slope
(7/29/2006) Ryan Speier (shoulder surgery) threw off a slope on Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said there is no timetable for his return.
Speier thinking about winter ball
(6/21/2006) Rockies RHP Ryan Speier, rehabbing from surgery to repair partial tears of his right labrum, is looking at the possibility of pitching in winter ball. Speier is playing catch every other day, having stretched out to a distance of 90 feet. "The doctors have said I could be ready in September, so winter ball is my goal," he said. "If I don't pitch again until (spring training in) February, that's fine as long as I can pitch in February."
Speier re-signs on minor deal
(2/10/2006) The Rockies released 26-year-old right-hander Ryan Speier and re-signed him to a minor-league contract. Speier had shoulder surgery Feb. 1 and likely will miss the season. He went 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 22 relief appearances last year.
Rocks release RP prospect Speier
(2/9/2006) The Rockies released RHP Ryan Speier, who underwent surgery last week for a torn labrum in his right shoulder that could keep him out the entire season. "This is an unfortunate injury for Ryan," Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said. The 26-year-old right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 22 relief appearances in his rookie year last season. He did not allow a home run in 24 2/3 innings and had a 1.54 ERA in his last nine outings.
Rockies' Speier has labrum surgery
(2/2/2006) Rockies pitcher Ryan Speier underwent surgery Wednesday for a torn labrum in his right shoulder that could keep him out the entire season. "This is an unfortunate injury for Ryan," Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd said. The 26-year-old right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 22 relief appearances in his rookie year last season. He did not allow a home run in 24 2/3 innings and had a 1.54 ERA in his last nine outings.
Speier back up with Rockies
(9/7/2005) The Rockies recalled Ryan Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Ryan Speier optioned to minors
(8/17/2005) The Rockies optioned Speier to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
(8/9/2005) The Rockies recalled Speier from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.
Struggling Speier farmed out
(4/28/2005) The Rockies optioned right-hander Ryan Speier to Triple-A ColoradoSprings. Speier was 1-1 with a blown save and a 9.82 ERA in 10appearances. Colorado's bullpen has blown seven of nine chances. "Speier's issue was the command of all three pitches especially his slider," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
Speier gets W in big-league debut
(4/5/2005) Top relief prospect Ryan Speier, a surprise member of the Rockies bullpen up from Double-A, pitched the final 2/3 of an inning on opening day, picking up the relief win in his major-league debut. He was the beneficiary of Clint Barmes walkoff homer.