ST. LOUIS — While it remains to be seen if the Rockies will trade for a right-handed reliever before next Monday’s nonwaiver trade deadline, there’s a chance that injured starter Tyler Chatwood will be converted to help shore up a shaky bullpen. At least for the short term.
Chatwood, on the 10-day disabled list since July 16 with a strained right calf, said he felt strong after pitching one simulated inning Monday before the Rockies played the Cardinals. The right-hander said he threw about 20 pitches. Chatwood is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
“We will come to a decision with what we are going to do with ‘Chatty’ in the next couple of days,” manager Bud Black said, adding that using Chatwood out of the bullpen is “at least one of the considerations.”
Black was impressed with Chatwood’s outing Monday, and the pitcher was pleased as well.
“I felt strong and I threw the ball well,” Chatwood said.
Asked about the possibility of being moved to the bullpen, at least for now, Chatwood said, “You will have to talk to Buddy and see what he says.”
Chatwood was pulled from his start against the Mets on July 15, throwing just 19 pitches and recording only one out in Colorado’s 9-3 loss. He gave up back-to-back walks and a three-run homer before he was removed because of pain in his right calf.
Chatwood, 27, is 6-11 with a 4.74 ERA, and while he has averaged 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, he has posted a career-worst 5.1 walks per nine innings.
Bettis update. Right-hander Chad Bettis continues to move toward rejoining the Rockies’ starting rotation, even if his rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday at Salt Lake City was uneven.
Bettis, who’s returning from a bout with testicular cancer, threw 62 pitches in just 2 ⅔ innings before his day ended. He threw 38 strikes, but gave up three runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.
“Physically, I felt good and strong. I felt like I could’ve thrown a lot more,” Bettis told reporters in Salt Lake. “But I worked on what I needed to. I felt like I was able to execute some of the pitches that I really wanted to, but at the same time, it seemed like there’s some stuff to work on.”
Black, who read a game report on Bettis’ outing, said: “His stuff was fine. His command was a little off. It was the kind of game that kind of came off the rails at times, but he came out of it fine.”
Albuquerque scored nine runs in the first two innings in a 9-8 victory.
Bettis is scheduled to pitch five innings Friday night, increasing his pitch count to 75-80 pitches.
Footnotes. Third baseman Nolan Arenado was named the National League player of the week for games ending Sunday. Arenado hit .458, with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Three of his homers and seven RBIs came in Colorado’s 18-4 rout of San Diego on Wednesday. It was Arenado’s fourth player of the week award, first since April 18th of last season. … Monday marked the 24th anniversary of the infamous “pine tar game” between the Royals and Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Black was the starting pitcher for the Royals that day, pitching six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits.