The Rockies' outfield logjam became a little bit less crowded when Charlie Blackmon emerged as the regular starter after a red-hot first week, and the first casualty of that came Monday when the Rockies optioned Corey Dickerson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The move makes room for left-handed reliever Boone Logan, who is finished with his rehab assignment with the Sky Sox and is finally ready to pitch at the big-league level after dealing with an elbow injury throughout the spring.
Logan made two scoreless appearances in Colorado Springs, recording three of his four outs via strikeout while allowing a hit and a walk. He'll join a Rockies bullpen that struggled mightily in the opening series in Miami but allowed only one run in 9⅔ innings across three games against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Although Chad Bettis, for one, has been shaky thus far, keeping an extra reliever seems like a good plan for Colorado. The team is dealing with injury problems in its rotation and has seen back-to-back questionable performances from its top two starters, Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson.
Dickerson will see regular at-bats for the first time this season. He had no issues in Triple-A a year ago, hitting .371/.414/.632 with 46 extra-base hits in 345 plate appearances for the Sky Sox in 2013. The 24-year-old Alabama native had a hit, a walk, a stolen base and a pair of runs scored in six plate appearances for the Rockies during the first week of 2014.