Update: 7:15 p.m. MT: Jon Gray' injury has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot, which will likely keep him out for a month or more. This means the team will need to bring in another starter into the rotation.
The Colorado Rockies have called up OF Raimel Tapia, the No. 4 rated PuRP, from Triple-A Albuquerque, according to a tweet from MiLB. Tapia will, at least temporarily, take the place of Gerardo Parra, who is expected to be placed on paternity leave.
Tapia will be in the Rockies’ starting lineup in Game 2 of the team’s series against the San Francisco Giants, tweets MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.
The Rockies also placed ace Jon Gray on the 10-day disabled list with a toe injury and recalled reliever Shane Carle to take his spot, according to Nick Groke of The Denver Post. Carle’s first appearance will mark his major league debut. For now, he’ll assume a long relief role while left-hander Chris Rusin prepares to make a spot start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tapia was hitting .406/.472/.594 with six RBI in seven games for the Isotopes, who are playing the final two games of a four game set in Reno tonight. Tapia previously saw time in the big leagues last fall, appearing in 22 games and hitting .263/.293/.263 in 38 at-bats.
So far in the young season, Tapia has been dazzling for the Isotopes, including another highlight catch on the hill in center field in Albuquerque, similar to the two he made last season. He is in a position to have an immediate impact and contribute to the Rockies, depending on the role they need him to play.
Carle has made two appearances for Albuquerque and things haven’t gone real well for the 25-year-old righty. He’s allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings out of the Isotopes’ bullpen.
Gray has been affected by a toe ailment in all three of his 2017 starts. The 25-year-old right-hander has given up six runs on 11 hits and seven walks in 12 1⁄3 innings. He exited his start against the Giants on Thursday during the fourth inning.
Parra, at least in the early going, has rebounded well from a poor 2016 season. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .343/.378/.457 in 37 plate appearances. He isn’t expected to miss more than the remainder of the Rockies’ series in San Francisco.