For the first time since his return from Tommy John surgery earlier this month, Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino faced a high-leverage situation in Monday’s win over the Rays. With the Rockies clinging to a 5-4 lead with one out in the seventh, Ottavino came in with the tying run on second and struck out Logan Forsythe and induced a groundout from Kevin Kiermaier to end the inning and preserve the Rockies’ lead.
Thomas Harding talked with Ottavino about his usage since his return from his surgery and his progress in returning to the shutdown reliever he was before his injury last April.
Former Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson returned to Coors Field with the Rays Monday, striking out in a pinch hitting appearance. While Nick Groke focuses on the major leaguers that changed hands in the trade that sent Dickerson to Tampa Bay for reliever Jake McGee, the real gem of the deal may still be in the minors.
Pitcher German Marquez also came to the Rockies in the trade and the 21-year-old has been a standout at Double-A Hartford, posting a 2.88 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 112 2/3 innings over 18 starts, walking just 26 and striking out 103. Marquez was an Eastern League All-Star and was reportedly on a short list to be an injury replacement for the Futures Game in San Diego, he could make his Rockies debut as soon as 2017.
It is doubtful any Rockie had a better All-Star break than reliever Justin Miller, who used the time off for his wedding, marrying his girlfriend of more than three years at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Ben Weinrib talked with Miller about his marriage and his recovery from an oblique injury that currently has him on the disabled list.