The Rockies have placed 26-year old righty reliever Edgmer Escalona on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. The Rockies have called up 28-year old lefty reliever Josh Outman to replace Escalona in the pen. Outman has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
The Rockies have designated 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Garland for assignment. Garland pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Garland got hit hard this year as he gave up 85 hits (9 homers) while walking 23 batters and whiffing 32 of them in 68 innings pitched for the Rockies. Garland has now pitched in 365 games (342 starts) in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 136-125 with 1 save, a 4.37 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rockies.
UPDATE: (6/10/2013) – The Rockies have released Jon Garland.
26-year old righty swinging 1B Kiel Roling is off to a solid start in AA-ball this year for the Rockies. He has played in 49 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 48 of 176 (.273 avg, .923 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 14 homers and 46 RBIs. Roling has now played in 443 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 432 of 1,593 (.271 avg, .827 OPS) with 251 runs scored, 79 homers, 275 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Roling could move up to AAA-ball in the near future if he keeps hitting well.
23-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood has tightened up his control and success has followed him so far in 2013. Chatwood has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Chatwood has given up 33 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 30 batters in his first 33 2/3 innings so far this year. Chatwood has now pitched in 25 games (18 starts) in his first two years with the Rockies and he is 8-7 with 1 save, a 4.30 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Rockies hope that Chatwood keeps up the good work moving forward.
The Rockies have placed 38-year old righty closer Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury. Betancourt has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-3 with 11 saves, a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. 25-year old lefty Rex Brothers will take over as the closer until Betancourt returns to action. Brothers has pitched in 27 games (0 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.36 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
The Rockies have acquired 27-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Drew Garcia from the White Sox for a player to be named later. Garcia has played in 24 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 16 for 72 (.222 avg, .615 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 12 RBIs. Garcia has now played in 587 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 553 of 2,187 (.253 avg, .686 OPS) with 275 runs scored, 39 homers, 319 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Garcia will have to play well in AAA-ball if he wants to get his first shot at the show at some point in 2013 for the Rockies.
27-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler was awesome in April for the Rockies, but he has slowed down considerably with the bat so far in May. Fowler has played in 18 games so far in May and he is 17 of 72 (.236 avg, .563 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Fowler has now played in 44 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 46 for 167 (.275 avg, .833 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 8 homers, 18 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. The Rockies hope that Fowler can snap out of his funk at the plate in the near future.
The Rockies have sent 24-year old righty swinging 2B Josh Rutledge to AAA. He played in 43 games for the Rockies this year and he was 38 for 157 (.242 avg, .655 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. 24-year old righty swinging D.J. LaMahieu will take over as the starting 2B for the Rockies. He has played in 7 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .974 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rutledge could work his way back to Denver if he plays well in the minors, but he better hope that LaMahieu doesn’t stake his claim to the starting 2B job in the mean time.
Righty swinging 2B/OF Terry Shumpert wasn’t much of a hitter until he got to Colorado in 1999. The light air helped him have a career year in 1999. Shumpert played in 92 games for the Rockies in 1999 and he was 91 of 262 (.347 avg, .997 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Shumpert played in 450 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 290 of 1,027 (.282 avg, .812 OPS) with 180 runs scored, 30 homers, 124 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. Shumpert had the best years of his major league career with the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies have designated 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Reid Brignac for assignment. Brignac played in 29 games for the Rockies this year and he was 12 for 48 (.250 avg, .669 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs. Brignac has now played in 285 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 164 of 719 (.228 avg, .591 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 11 homers, 73 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brignac isn’t likely to clear waivers, so the Rockies should try to deal him.