Update 6/22 12:10 pm MT:
Tyler Anderson will be available out of the bullpen in the case of an emergency today. Bud Black refused to answer anything past that.
The Colorado Rockies have activated Tyler Anderson from the 10-day disabled list today. To make room for him on the active roster they optioned Carlos Estévez to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Anderson struggled in April (7.71 ERA) before bouncing back in May (3.94 ERA) while pitching with a brace on knee. However, he allowed six runs in five innings in his last start on May 30, and was placed on the disabled list on June 4 to allow his knee to heal.
After letting his knee rest, Anderson made one rehab start on June 18 and threw 77 pitches, 51 for strikes. He struck out six and walked one in five innings. If Anderson is back to full health, there’s no reason not to expect him to duplicate the positive results from this May and all of last season.
At this point there is no word from the Rockies what their plan for the rotation is. Antonio Senzatela is on today’s lineup card as the starter. Anderson was added to the starters on the lineup card, and the Rockies now list a total of six starters. Whether they go with a six-man rotation or eventually move one of their starters to either the bullpen or Triple-A is still in doubt.
Based off of Anderson’s rehab start, tomorrow would be his next start on normal rest and we might have a clearer picture of what the plan is by then.
Estévez continues to bounce back and forth between the big-league squad and Triple-A. This will be the fourth time this season that Estevez has been optioned.