Antonio Senzatela may return to the Rockies rotation as Colorado continues to juggle its pitching | Denver Post
As the Rockies manage the struggles of their bullpen and starting rotation, they also have to account for the workloads of all their young pitchers. Senzatela moved to the bullpen recently, at least in part, to manage his overall workload for the season. He has also been a welcome sight in some situations where it seemed like manager Bud Black had no good options in relief.
Nick Groke writes about the possibility of Senzatela returning to the rotation. Though his last few starts were a bit of a struggle, the 22-year-old righty might be able to give the starters another boost like he did at the beginning of the year.
There’s another way the Rockies might shake up their rotation, and it’s starting to come into view. Bettis, an inspiration off the field this season as he battles back from cancer, is one step closer to joining the team to help on the field.
Kevin Henry reports that Bettis will head out to Hartford to start a rehab assignment with the Double-A Yard Goats. Depending on how things go and how he feels, it might not be long after the All-Star break that we see him return to action.
What a difference a year makes. On the heels of a big return to the lineup from Parra on Friday night, it’s easy for those of us watching at home to see why his return is important: he’s actually hitting the ball, and he has for a lot of this season.
That’s not all he brings to the team, though, and Jake Shapiro catches up with the Rockies about what Parra brings to the locker room and how he helps the team in other ways. As always, people love to talk about Parra and what he brings, and maybe we’re starting to see why we should listen. We would be wise to remember that when (if?) he stops hitting like he’s going to win the batting title.
Weren’t the Diamondbacks supposed to be a mess? Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart’s shenanigans weren’t that long ago, right? Craig Edwards looks at how things turned around in Arizona so quickly.
Speaking of the Diamondbacks, Fernando Rodney was terrible. Then he was unhittable and one of the nice stories in baseball this season. Now he looks terrible again, and the team has to decide what to do in the closer’s role.
Because of course he is, because the Dodgers do no wrong and will probably never lose a baseball game again.