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Rockies recall Ryan Castellani, place Chi Chi González on Injured List

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Castellani will be making his MLB debut

The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have recalled Ryan Castellani and have placed Chi Chi González on the 10-day Injured List with right biceps tendonitis retroactive to August 4. Castellani will be making his MLB debut. He had been traveling with the team as part of their taxi squad.

Chi Chi González was considered the Rockies “fifth starter” (at least for the moment). He made one start this year so far and in that start, he pitched just three innings and gave up three earned runs (including two solo home runs) on five hits. He threw just 51 pitches, struck out three batters, and walked one.

As mentioned earlier, Ryan Castellani (No. 14 PuRP) will be making his MLB debut when he appears. Bud Black said that will be Saturday night against the Mariners. That means that Jeff Hoffman — who was in competition with González for the fifth starter role— will remain in the bullpen.

Castellani is coming off of a 2019 that was shortened by a June surgery to “clean out” his right elbow. He was limited to 10 starts and 43 13 innings with Triple-A Albuquerque. During that time, he posted an 8.31 ERA and 1.94 WHIP. Not great.

He then was sent to the Arizona Fall League for the second year in a row, seemingly as a “rehab assignment” of sorts. He made five starts for the Salt River Rafters in 2019 and posted a 1-0 record with a 2.16 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 16 23 innings. That was a major improvement from the regular season, and even from his 2018 AFL stint.

Castellani will wear #60.