Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/9/12

The Colorado Rockies reached the All-Star break with a 33-52 record, making their playoff chances minuscule.

Thus, Colorado clearly will be a seller at the trade deadline.

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, second baseman Marco Scutaro, catcher Ramon Hernandez and first baseman Jason Giambi could be dealt soon. All are aging veterans, and all except Giambi were acquired last winter.

Guthrie is the youngest of that group at 33 and has been better in his past two starts, but he still has a 6.05 ERA overall and a 9.44 ERA at Coors Field, which seems to have spooked him.

Hernandez has been out since May 24 due to a strained left hand. He is on a rehab assignment and is expected to be ready when play resumes after the All-Star break. Reports have surfaced about the Mets having interest in him.

Giambi is a luxury for a team in the NL going nowhere, an aging slugger who can only play first base, a position where Todd Helton is in decline and Michael Cuddyer and Tyler Colvin, both outfielders, can play.

Scutaro has been adequate but was never seen as more than a short-term fill-in until someone such as Josh Rutledge is ready to move up from the minors.

The Rockies have had better results recently from their four-man rotation, which was implemented June 19. The continued development of Drew Pomeranz, who has been very good in two starts since returning from Class AAA, and Christian Friedrich, who has made 12 starts and not surprisingly been up and down, will be a priority in the second half with an eye toward their presence in the 2013 rotation.

Injuries have been a factor in the Rockies' poor first half, but not nearly as much as poor starting pitching. That said, it would help if a few players get healthy and can contribute.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected back around mid-August following surgery June 21 to remove scar tissue irritating a nerve in his left groin.

Less certain are the returns of right-handers Jhoulys Chacin and Juan Nicasio and left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.

Chacin, who last pitched May 1 for the Rockies, has been dealt with a nerve issue in a pectoral muscle. He is throwing bullpen sessions -- his next one is scheduled for July 12 -- and could soon go out on a rehab assignment. It's possible he could be back at some point in August.

Nicasio will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery July 16 and might be back in September. And that's the earliest the Rockies will see De La Rosa, if they see him at all this season. He is slowly coming back from Tommy John surgery performed June 3, 2011.

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