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Colorado Rockies place closer Adam Ottavino on disabled list, recall Jorge Rondon

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The Rockies' newly-minted closer has been sent to the 15-day DL with right triceps inflammation.

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Rockies closer Adam Ottavino has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation, the team announced today:

To fill Ottavino's spot on the roster, the Rockies have recalled reliever Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Albuquerque. Rondon was in the Rockies clubhouse yesterday, despite no move being announced to add him to the roster.

Ottavino has appeared in 10 games this year, not allowing a run in 10⅓ innings pitched, with two walks and 13 strikeouts. He earned three saves as well. His velocity had dipped in two appearances after not being used in a save opportunity Thursday with what the team called normal soreness.

Veteran righty John Axford earned the save Thursday in place of Ottavino, and can be expected to fill in as the Rockies closer until Ottavino returns. Axford has pitched four scoreless innings this season, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Rondon was selected off waivers from the Cardinals in November and has made five appearances for the Isotopes this season, allowing a run on two hits in 6⅔ innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

"I like that he throws about 98 (mph)," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Rondon yesterday. "He's one of the power arms we brought in in the offseason and he's been pitching well down there at Albuquerque."

Rondon made his major league debut with St. Louis last season, throwing a scoreless inning against the Dodgers on June 29.

In addition to placing Ottavino on the DL, the team announced that right-handed pitcher David Hale has been activated and optioned to Albuqueque.