The Rockies will promote outfielder/first baseman Kyle Parker from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday, the team announced shortly before their game against the Dodgers. In a corresponding move, the Rockies optioned starting pitcher Juan Nicasio to Triple-A.
Parker was pulled in the first inning of the Sky Sox' game against Salt Lake and immediately departed for Los Angeles. He should be available to make his major league debut on Monday night..
Parker, 24, is hitting .292/.347/.478 with seven homers in 277 plate appearances for Colorado Springs. The Clemson alum has eclipsed 20 home runs in each of his three full professional seasons, though he's just short of that pace in 2014. Still, Parker has a chance to give the Rockies more pop off the bench and, at least in the short term, a better contingency plan at first base than they currently have.
The Rockies did not have to make a move to add Parker to the 40-man roster, which is currently full. As Greg Stanwood brought up to me in an email, if Parker makes it into the game on Monday, it will be the first time in who knows how long that a player appeared in games for two different teams in the same organization on the same day.
Nicasio began the 2014 season on a roll, posting a 5-2 record to go along with a 3.61 ERA in his first 10 starts. However, the 27-year-old right-hander has been horrendous in his last four starts, allowing 25 runs on 35 hits in 15⅔ innings.
To fill Nicasio's spot in the rotation, the Rockies could opt to have Monday's starter, Tyler Matzek, pitch again on Saturday because of the Rockies' off day on Thursday. Otherwise, we might see a couple more moves later in the week.