Originally expected be two of the final three additions to the September roster, Nelson and Escalona are activated. Nelson joined the team after the AAA season ended last week, but is dealing with a foot injury that is limiting his playing time. Escalona was activated as soon as he was eligible to return.
- Ryan Spilborghs placed on the 60 Day Disabled List.
- Matt Pagnozzi designated for assignment.
- Drew Pomeranz purchased from AA Tulsa and assigned to Colorado Rockies.
- Thomas Field purchased from AA Tulsa and assigned to Colorado Rockies.
Field's callup is a surprise to everyone, including him. Due to a surge of middle infield injuries, Field was called up for infield depth. Field was Rule 5 eligible after the season and was very likely to be protected at the Reserves Deadline, so his addition to the roster is merely two months earlier than expected. With the activation of a prematurely declared out for the season Pomeranz, the team needed to make two corresponding 40 Man Roster moves.
Pagnozzi's designation for assignment is not an unexpected move; though Pagnozzi would have been easier to control next year than Jose Morales or Eliezer Alfonzo due to still having a free option year next season, Rosario and Pacheco moving into the MLB ready zone puts all other supporting catchers in jeopardy, and with Alfonzo's suspension (see below the jump), Morales is now really the only one with any shot at a 2012 job, and he's still got to make it through the tender deadline where he is probably in the top 3 most likely candidates to be cut mid-season.
One of those other candidates is Ryan Spilborghs, who may have played his last game as a Rockie with the move to the 60 Day with lingering foot problems ending his season. I still do not believe Spilborghs is a guaranteed non-tender, but he's got more going against him than for him as we move out of 2011.
- Eliezer Alfonzo suspended.
- Matt Pagnozzi claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pagnozzi leaves the organization via waiver claim after being designated for assignment. Alfonzo tested positive for a banned substance, and is subject to a 100 game suspension as it was the second such occurrence. Alfonzo intends to challenge the test, but either way this likely spells the end of his Rockies career. While suspended, Alfonzo is unpaid and does not earn service time.