After not making any changes to their roster for the first three weeks of the season, the Rockies have made a transaction for the third straight day. The Rockies have selected the contract of Brooks Pounders and added him to their active 25-man roster. To make room for Pounders they have optioned Scott Oberg back to Triple-A and designated Zach Jemiola to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Pounders singed a minor league deal with the Rockies this past offseason and started the season in Triple-A Albuquerque. In seven games with the Isotopes, Pounders has pitched 10 inning and struck out 9. He’s also walked four and given up four earned runs, good for a 3.60 ERA.
Pounders has bounced between Triple-A and the majors the last two seasons with the Royals and Angels accumulating 23 MLB innings for his career. The results haven’t been pretty, with a 9.78 ERA though he has struck out 25. However, after the last few games, this is more about getting a fresh arm in the bullpen as anything else.
Oberg has struggled immensely this season and even his 6.55 ERA doesn’t accurately represent those struggles. He’s also allowed 11 of the 13 runners that he has inherited score, inflating the rest of the teams ERA as well.