The Rockies front office didn’t take the weekend off as they announced five roster moves today. Kyle Freeland was placed on the disabled list as expected after Rockies manager Bud Black’s mid-game interview last night painted a bleak picture for Freeland.
The rest of the moves were to provide reinforcements to a bullpen that was taxed with over eight innings of relief work in yesterday’s game after Freeland departed in the first inning with the groin injury. The Rockies optioned Scott Oberg who probably would not have been available for action tonight after pitching in three of the last four games, and called up Shane Carle and Carlos Estévez from Triple-A Albuquerque to provide fresh arms.
Carle will be the Rockies long-relief option after Chris Rusin and Antonio Senzatela both pitched multiple innings last night. Estévez continues to be the teams favorite yo-yo as he this will be his sixth stint with the Rockies just this year. He was last called up to be the 26th man for the Rockies double-header on Sunday and optioned immediately after.
The Rockies also activated Chad Bettis from the 60-day DL and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque to continue building up arm strength as he tries to return to the Rockies rotation. The Rockies had a 40-man roster spot available after Dustin Garneau was claimed on waivers earlier this week by the Oakland A’s so no further roster moves needed to be made.