(Reuters) - The Colorado Rockies continued their push for the playoffs by acquiring relief pitcher Pat Neshek in a trade with thePhiladelphia Phillies on Wednesday. The Rockies sent three minor league players in exchange for cash and the two-time All Star Neshek, who will immediately strengthen their bullpen.


The 36-year-old is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this year. He was the Phillies' lone representative at the All Star Game.


“It's exciting,” Neshek told reporters. “You're jumping into a playoff race. That's a great team, great offense. I don't know the exact standings, but I know they're in the wild card right now.”


The Rockies are 58-45 and currently have control of the National League’s second wild card spot.


Colorado is looking to reach the post-season for the first time since 2009.


(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)