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Colorado Rockies rework pitching staff, add Estevez, Gray to 25-man roster

The Rockies retooled their pitching staff Friday, adding highly anticipated right handers Carlos Estevez and Jon Gray.

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Gray, Estevez, Germen added in roster shuffle -

The Rockies rearranged their pitching depth in a series of roster moves Friday. In order to make room for last night’s starter, Jon Gray, righty reliever Miguel Castro was moved to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Additionally, the Rockies optioned left hander Jason Gurka to Triple-A Albuquerque and designated David Hale for assignment. Gurka holds a 9.31 ERA for the Rockies in 2016, allowing 16 hits and 10 runs in less than 10 innings of work. Hale made 17 appearances -- including 12 starts -- a year ago, but threw just two innings before being designated. 

Carlos Estevez and Gonzales Germen were recalled to fill the vacant 25-man roster spots. Germen threw two scoreless frames in last night's victory over the Dodgers, surrendering two walks and no hits while striking out two. Estevez, 23, is highly regarded as one of the premiere relievers in the Rockies' farm system with a career ERA of 3.90 and a SO/9 rate of 8.3. He will likely make his major league debut Saturday against Los Angeles.

Nick Hundley is nearing his Rockies return after a concussion caution - The Denver Post

Walt Weiss expects to have Nick Hundley back on his lineup card "here in the next few days", following Hundley’s just over a week-long stint on the disabled list. Hundley, who took a hard foul ball off the mask in a game against San Francisco,  has been participating in batting practice and fielding drills for the past few days and has responded well.

Puig channels Guillen at Coors -
Take a look at Yasiel Puig’s jaw-dropping put out next to Jose Guillen’s classic gun down of Neifi Perez. Then watch it again. Bookmark it, I don’t know.

Vinny Castilla's ability to hit fastball helped him into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame - The Denver Post

On April 19th, Vinny Castilla became the fifth Rockie inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. In his 16-year career, Castilla managed a .276/.321/.476 line with two all-star appearances and three Silver Slugger awards. The former Blake Street Bomber says he owes it all to his eye for the fastball.

Rethinking Rockies outfield positioning - Rockies Zingers

Richard Bergstrom of Rockies Zingers reconfigures the Rockies’ outfield in this in-depth breakdown, determining by pitcher tendencies where each outfielder on the Rockies’ 25-man is best suited. Spray charts and slideshow included.

Curt Schilling's Colorado speaking engagement canceled over "distraction" concerns - The Denver Post

Curt Shilling has been cordially uninvited to speak at this year’s JUCO World Series banquet following his release from ESPN. Shilling, who can't seem to keep his hair-raising opinions offline, was deemed an unwanted distraction to the week’s events, and was therefore relieved of his guest speaking duties as well.