Tyler Anderson comes off DL as Rockies’ rotation continues to evolve

Michel CooperLast Update : Thursday 22 June 2017 - 9:27 PM
Tyler Anderson comes off DL as Rockies’ rotation continues to evolve

The Rockies’ potential rotation shuffle began prior to Thursday afternoon’s game against Arizona.

The Rockies optioned struggling right-hander reliever Carlos Estevez to Triple-A Albuquerque and reinstated left-handed starter Tyler Anderson off the disabled list. According to manager Bud Black, Anderson’s left knee is fine and he’s ready to go.

Now the question becomes, what does the club do with Anderson for the long term? He is officially listed as a starter, but he will act as an emergency reliever for Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks. After that, there could be tweaks in the rotation as the Rockies head to Los Angeles on Friday for critical three-game series against the Dodgers.

“As far as a plan, things will become clear here over the next couple of day,” Black said, without divulging more.

Rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland is scheduled to face the Dodgers Friday night, with veteran right-hander Tyler Chatwood in line to pitch Saturday night.

The Rockies are cognizant of overworking their young starting pitchers, Black acknowledged, so the team could be mixing and matching starters for the remainder of the season to preserve the arms of rookies Antonio Senzatela, German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman and Freeland.

“As time goes on, the players will tell us, though their performance, how we will handle this,” Black said. “We are going to do everything we can to ensure that physically they stay sharp, and mentally they stay sharp, as we go through the summer.”

Asked if the Rockies would consider completely shutting down one of their rookie starters this season, Black replied: “In theory, yes. But we might not let it get to that number (of innings).”

Black said he likes the idea that the Rockies could use as many as eight different starting pitchers, once Jon Gray and Chad Bettis are completely healthy and ready for big-league duty.

“We have eight guys that we can foresee being part of this rotation — in some form,” Black said, adding that the Rockies are not going to begin using a six-man rotation.

Black added that the Rockies might consider using starters working out of the bullpen at some point this season. That includes Bettis, who is coming back from testicular cancer.

Anderson was 3-5 with a 5.85 ERA, with 20 walks and 59 strikeouts over his first 11 starts of the season prior to being placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation on June 6

Estevez made two relief appearances during his fourth stint with the Rockies this season, going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA, one walk and three strikeouts.

He’s struggled with his mechanics, which is a major reason why he’s being sent back to Triple-A. In his four big-league stints this season, he’s 4-0 with a 8.10 ERA, with  six walks and 18 strikeouts in 18 games.

Source: denverpost

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