As Bryan wrote yesterday, Rockies reliever Nick Masset was suspended three games for his role in the brouhaha last Thursday against the Braves. Colorado will be rolling with a 24 man roster until the suspension is over. Now, you can count me pretty firmly in the "plunk for plunk is stupid" camp, but it does seem a little unbalanced to me that Masset is the only one being docked games here.
Anyways, the real reason I linked the above was for the notes of Patrick Saunders's article, both of which contain some good nuggets.
First, the LA Dodgers team doctor told the Rockies to "pump the brakes" on the Eddie Butler rehab - and the Rockies appear to be listening to the employee of their division rival. No word yet on what exactly that might mean for Butler's recovery, but it certainly doesn't sound like he will be able to come off the DL immediately after his 15 days were up as was previously theorized.
Secondly, Colorado's demotion of Juan Nicasio to AAA after Sunday's terrible outing against the Giants means that the team will need to call up a pitcher to start Saturday's game. Well, technically they don't have to given their off day tomorrow, but they are electing to. The problem is that the team has basically run out of viable starting pitcher depth, since 40 man roster member and Rockies 2008 first round pick Christian Friedrich has had a lot of trouble getting AAA players out.
Next man up would appear to be Pedro Hernandez, owner of a 5.92 ERA this year at AAA but also a player that started 12 games at the major league level for the Twins last year (6.83 ERA in 56 2/3 IP) Hernandez is not on the 40 man roster so another move would need to be made in addition to the call-up. Either that or Franklin Morales could be back into the rotation after injuring the rest of them with his eyes.
Per Thomas Harding, the Rockies have reached a bonus agreement with Murrieta Valley High School third baseman Kevin Padlo, their fifth-round pick in the Draft, worth $650,000. That's well above the $346,300 slot for that pick. Competitive Balance Round A pick (35th overall) Forrest Wall has also reportedly agreed to a $2 million deal (on a $1.5 million slot), meaning that the Rockies will have signed their top 13 picks from this year's draft and 30 of their top 32. According to Baseball America's draft tracker, that would still leave the Rockies with some wiggle room.
2010 first round pick Kyle Parker (PuRP 5) is the Prospect of the Day at Minor League Ball. Parker, with two strikeouts in two plate appearances, has not had an auspicious MLB debut. Still, it's an incredible achievement to make it to the big leagues and Jon Sickels details the journey Parker has made. May those two strikeouts someday be a humorous anecdote that Parker tells as he accepts the World Series MVP trophy as the Rockies celebrate at Coors Field.
Read RIRF's recap of last night's game for an exercise in frustration. The Rockies fell to the Dodgers Tuesday night despite having ten more at bats with runners in scoring position. They got men on, they got men, over, but for the most part they couldn't get them in.
After a stupendous sweep of the Giants over the weekend, the Rockies will look to Jorge De La Rosa to avoid being swept by the Dodgers tonight.
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