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Rockies choose McGee as closer, Bergman as No. 5 starter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Colorado Rockies will use left-hander Jake McGee as their closer and right-hander Christian Bergman as the No. 5 starter to begin the season.

Manager Walt Weiss also announced Saturday that outfielder Brandon Barnes and left-hander Jason Gurka will make the 25-man roster.

Right-handers Scott Oberg and Gonzalez Germen were sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.

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McGee won the closer's job in part because right-hander Jason Motte will start the season on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.

Right-hander Jon Gray's abdominal strain opened a rotation spot for Bergman, although he won't start until the middle of the month due to Colorado's early off days.

Left-hander Tyler Anderson and infielder Daniel Descalso are also likely headed to the DL when the Rockies announce their 25-man roster Sunday.