The Colorado Rockies on Thursday placed reliever Brooks Brown on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding. The move corresponds with the addition of Chad Bettis, who was recalled to start for the Rockies in Game 1 of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Brown, in his second big league season, owns a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings. That's a pretty large step down from 2014, when the 29-year-old right-hander posted a 2.77 ERA in 26 frames. Brown has had issues with walks this season; he's already walked as many batters (five) as he did last year. The result is a walk rate that has nearly doubled. Brown's strikeouts are also down from 7.3 to 5.1 per nine innings.
Brown hasn't appeared in a game since May 3, when he gave up a run in an inning and a third in a loss at San Diego. His stint on the DL will be retroactive to May 4, meaning he's eligible to return to the active roster in less than a week.
The Rockies also purchased left-hander Yohan Flande from Double-A New Britain and optioned infielder Rafael Ynoa to Triple-A Albuquerque, according to a team announcement. Flande will likely serve as insurance for Jordan Lyles, who was hit in the right hand by a line drive on Wednesday but is optimistic about making his next start, as well as Christian Bergman after he worked five innings in relief of Lyles.
To make room for Flande, the Rockies transferred Adam Ottavino to the 60-day DL.