Tuesday Rockpile: Rockies put 2 on DL, call up Tyler Matzek

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

What a disaster Monday was ... except for Christian Bergman's outing and the promotion of Tyler Matzek, of course.

It'll be a quick Rockpile today due to my impending 9 a.m. meeting. SORRY.

Rockies' injury woes: Eddie Butler, Michael Cuddyer to DL, and surgery for Carlos Gonzalez - The Denver Post
Yesterday was chock-full of cattle excrement. Butler, who made his first big league start Friday, is already on the disabled list with inflammation in his right (throwing) shoulder. That move is mostly precautionary, as Nick Groke notes, but it's totally Rockies.

Speaking of totally Rockies, Butler joins Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez, among others, on the shelf. The news about the pair of 2013 All-Star outfielders isn't as promising. Cuddyer will be out for two months as a result of a fractured (!) left (non-throwing) shoulder that was injured while he was playing third base last week. CarGo will have exploratory surgery on his troublesome left index finger today, so I imagine we'll know more sometime after that. However, it doesn't look like he'll see the field anytime soon in what is quickly becoming yet another lost season at 20th and Blake.

Rockies turn to rookie Tyler Matzek to debut Wednesday against Braves - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders breaks the welcome news of Tyler Matzek's call-up for the Rockies' contest against the Braves on Wednesday. Matzek will become the third Colorado minor leaguer in five days to make his MLB debut.

Also, Saunders writes about the return of Chad Bettis and his role in the team's bullpen. I have full confidence in Bettis being an impact reliever. Hopefully he was able to right the ship enough in his very successful stint at Triple-A to where that can happen starting now.

Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies - June 9, 2014 | MLB.com COL Recap
The newest member of the Rockies beat -- and SB Nation Newsdesk alum! -- Cody Ulm details Christian Bergman's wonderful debut. Bergman threw strikes and was very good on the inside portion of the plate. That allowed him to get away with leaving a few pitches up.

MLB Power Rankings - Major League Baseball - ESPN
The Rockies have plummeted all the way to No. 22 in ESPN's extremely meaningful power rankings. Here's the blurb from Rockies Zingers' Richard Bergstrom:

"The Rockies returned from a horrible road trip to play horribly at home, dropping below .500. The only pitcher to get a win this homestand was just demoted to the bullpen. To add injury to insult, the Rockies sent Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Carlos Gonzalez to the DL. One-fourth of the Rockies' payroll is now disabled."

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