AJ Ramos returned to the mound Saturday after being gone for two years. His last appearance was in 2018 when he was with the New York Mets. In his appearance yesterday, Ramos only gave up one hit, but more importantly, it was the first time he has pitched pain free since 2014.
Ramos had dealt with shoulder pain and constant treatment for years. Despite that, he made the All-Star Game in 2016 while he was with the Miami Marlins. After a rough recovery following surgery for a torn labrum in 2018, Ramos was determined to return to the game he loves. Ramos signed with the Dodgers in July and after being released, he found himself a part of the Cubs organization. The Cubs released him on September 3rd and he signed with the Rockies just a couple of days later. In a flurry of roster moves over the weekend, Ramos was called up.
The Rockies announced the following moves today:— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) September 19, 2020
- Selected the contract of RHP AJ Ramos
- Recalled RHP Antonio Santos
- Optioned RHP Jesus Tinoco
- Designated RHP Wade Davis for assignment
Ramos was a bright spot for the Rockies in Saturday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers and was a piece in the bullpen that didn’t bring disappointment. Ramos, who only signed a one-year deal with the Rockies, will have decisions to make in the offseason. If the Rockies make him an offer, will he stay in Colorado or will he try to find a spot with another team?
If the Rockies can find a way keep Ramos, we can only hope that he can find success. If he is pitching pain-free and can hone in on the mechanics like he did when he earned a spot on the 2016 All-Star Team, he might be a valuable asset to the Rockies. In 2016 he finished with a 2.81 ERA — and that was all while dealing with shoulder pain.
With only eight regular season games remaining, we might be able to see AJ Ramos a few more times and see what all he might be able to bring to the Rockies bullpen in the future, should he get offered a contract in the offseason.
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I don’t like this take. Not one bit. I don’t know what the offseason will have in store for the Rockies, but I would personally like to see Nolan remain in purple.
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