Update: July 27, 12:04 PM MT—On Monday, the Rockies announced nine additions to their 60-man player pool, along with information that left-handed pitcher Tim Collins will be opting out of playing the 2020 season.
Additionally, the Rockies announced the following additions to their 60-man player pool: RHP Tommy Doyle, RHP Karl Kauffmann, C Willie MacIver, LHP Helcris Olivarez, RHP Wes Parsons, INF Aaron Schunk, INF Michael Toglia, INF Ryan Vilade and INF Colton Welker.— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) July 27, 2020
Collins was signed to a minor league deal this offseason and impressed in spring/summer camp but was ultimately left off the club’s 30-man roster. Collins and Ian Desmond are the two Rockies who have elected to opt out of playing in 2020.
The total player pool for the Rockies now stands at 55. We know at least one of the remaining spots will go to Scott Oberg when he returns from the 10-day Injured List.
Purple Row reported last week that Aaron Schunk was set to be added to the player pool and general manager Jeff Bridich had previously revealed the likelihood of Tommy Doyle and Wes Parsons being added.
The rest of this post is from Thursday, July 23, when the Rockies announced their 30-man roster.
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While most decisions were expected, there were a few surprises.
Most notably, the Rockies revealed that Peter Lambert had been added to the 45-day Injured List due to Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent earlier in the week, Nick Groke reports. (The diagnosis given early was a “right forearm strain.”) In addition, relief pitcher Scott Oberg will begin the season on the IL due to a back issue. (The designation is retroactive to July 20.)
Right-handed pitcher Ashton Godeau, who pitched an excellent two-innings on Tuesday, will be on the team. Last year, Godeau pitched in AA Hartford, so he has bypassed AAA baseball. Also, at least initially, the Rockies will carry three catchers, Tony Wolters, Drew Butera, and Elias Díaz.
The taxi squad will consist of pitchers Ryan Castellani and Joe Harvey as well as catcher Dom Nuñez. (It was expected that Nuñez would be with the Competitive Player Pool after the announcement yesterday that the Rockies had extended a contract to Díaz.)
In addition, Brendan Rodgers and Tim Collins will not begin the season on the 30-man roster but will instead work with the CPP in Denver.
The Rockies begin their 2020 season tomorrow in Texas when they play the Rangers.
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