The All-Star break didn’t give Carlos Gonzalez enough time to recover from his sore wrist, so the Rockies brought Dexter Fowler back from the minors a bit earlier than expected Friday.
After a slow start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler had hit .385/.489/.615 in his last 10 games. He homered in two of his last three games after going 295 at-bats without one between the majors and minors this season.
The Rockies don’t necessarily want Fowler hitting homers, though: what they want is fewer strikeouts and more singles from him at the top of the order. Fowler scored 27 runs in his 43 games as the Rockies’ leadoff man, but manager Jim Tracy was much more focused on his .238 average and 66 strikeouts in 210 at-bats prior to his demotion.
Gonzalez remains day-to-day after testing his wrist during batting practice Friday. He could be available tonight off the bench as a defensive replacement or pinch-runner.
The Mariners have signed reliever Mark Lowe, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Tigers released him on Sunday.
Lowe, 33, is entering the last of a two-year, $11 million deal signed with the Tigers in December 2015. The right-hander struggled to a 7.11 ERA with a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last season. His performance this spring didn’t do much to inspire confidence.
Lowe began his major league career with the Mariners, breaking out in 2009 with a 3.26 ERA across 80 innings. He has been inconsistent throughout most of his 11-year big league career, however.
The Cardinals announced on Thursday that pitcher Trevor Rosenthal has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Sam Tuivailala has been added to the roster in Rosenthal’s place.
The Cardinals’ closer until the second half last year, Rosenthal came into camp this spring hoping to battle for a rotation spot. However, the lat injury killed that dream. When Rosenthal is healthy, he’ll return to the bullpen.
Last season, Rosenthal posted a 4.46 ERA with 14 saves and a 56/29 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.