Jon Gray is ready. And with any luck, it appears he'll be in a much better position than he was at any point last season to get his first major league victory.
The Colorado Rockies activated Gray from the 15-day disabled list and made four other pitching moves in advance of the 24-year-old right-hander's first start of 2016. The Rockies added righties Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Estevez to a depleted bullpen that has already lost several pitchers -- most recently, explosive 22-year-old Miguel Castro, who was placed on the disabled list to make room for Gray -- to injury.
Righty David Hale was designated for assignment and lefty Jason Gurka was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to complete the whirlwind of Friday transactions. The moves give the Rockies fresh -- and hopefully impactful -- arms to put in the bullpen behind their prized rookie.
"I cannot wait to get out there," Gray recently told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. "[I] finally got my delivery right," Gray added, revealing he's been close to reaching triple digits during his time away from the big league club.
Let's hope Gray's newfound confidence and the Rockies' shrewd bullpen moves result in more success over the Dodgers, whom Colorado beat in four of the teams' final five meetings last season.
|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||COLORADO ROCKIES|
|Chase Utley - 2B||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Corey Seager - SS||Trevor Story - SS|
|Justin Turner - 3B||Carlos Gonzalez - RF|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Yasiel Puig - RF||Mark Reynolds - 1B|
|Yasmani Grandal - C||Gerardo Parra - CF|
|Howie Kendrick - LF||Ryan Raburn - LF|
|Joc Pederson - CF||Tony Wolters - C|
|Scott Kazmir - LHP||Jon Gray - RHP|
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