The Colorado Rockies place Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list today with a strained calf, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. This is the third time Desmond has been on the disabled list this season, and it’s the second time he’s been placed on the 10-day DL with this calf issue.
The newest member of the Colorado Rockies, Pat Neshek, will take Desmond’s place on the 25-man roster. That means that the Rockies will have a 10-man bullpen tonight (Antonio Senzatela is available out of the bullpen due to yesterday’s off day) to go along with a three-man bench.
Desmond is having an extremely rough first-year with the Rockies. In the times he’s not been on the disabled list, he’s had trouble at the plate. He’s hitting just .285/.328/.388 with a few walks and a lot of strikeouts. Desmond also leads all of baseball in groundball rate (min. 250 plate appearances), as 64.2 percent of his balls in play have been grounders. That’s four percentage points ahead of the batter with the second most grounders, Dee Gordon.
At least for now, the Rockies’ outfield figures to be, from left to right, Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, and Carlos González. But this four-man rotation, 10-man bullpen, and three-man bench roster can’t last too long. There should be additional roster moves soon.