DENVER (AP) _ Adam Ledesma was cut by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, a day after they acquired catcher-infielder Adam Melhuse from

the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies have a week to trade Ledesma, send him outright to the minors or release him.

``I felt badly for Ledesma,'' Colorado manager Buddy Bell said. ``Our club's makeup had guys that play every day, and I'd prefer being in a situation where I have to have him play.''

Ledesma got only 40 at bats and started only a handful of the 32 games he got into. Used primarily as a pinch hitter, he hit .225 with a three RBIs.

``He need to go somewhere he can get some playing time,'' Bell said.

Melhuse, 29, came from the Dodgers for a player to be named and/or cash. In Melhuse, the Rockies got a switch-hitting catcher who can play first base, third and left field.

Melhuse made his major league debut Friday night and struck out for the final out of the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

``From all our reports, he gives us what we want,'' Bell said. ``He gives us additionally insurance behind the plate and allows us the flexibility to pinch hit or pinch run for one late in games for one of our catchers.''