Adam Ottavino was promoted to the Rockies’ closer role in mid-April only to be shut down with elbow problems a week later and now the 29-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the rest of the season following Tommy John surgery.
Ottavino finishes the season with a 0.00 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings, which shows the type of standout reliever he’d become after years as a bullpen afterthought. Dating back to the start of 2013 he logged 154 innings with a 2.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts despite calling Coors Field home.
John Axford replaced Ottavino as the Rockies’ closer and once LaTroy Hawkins returns from a biceps injury it’s possible the 42-year-old could get another crack at ninth-inning duties after being replaced by Ottavino early.
Adam Ottavino was just named as the Rockies closer two weeks ago, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with right triceps inflammation.
Ottavino downplayed the issue after getting the day off last Thursday and pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend, but he told Nick Groke of the Denver Post today that he didn’t feel like himself. The Rockies sent him for an MRI, so we should know more about his status soon.
Ottavino has been spotless so far this season, tossing 10 1/3 scoreless innings to go along with a 13/2 K/BB ratio and three saves. The Rockies are likely to turn to John Axford and/or Rafael Betancourt for save chances during his absence.
Wilin Rosario exploded onto the MLB scene in 2012, tallying 28 home runs and 71 RBI over 117 games as a 23-year-old. But his home run total fell to 21 in 2013 and then 13 in 2014, and he never showed any sort of defensive improvement at catcher or first base. The swift career decline continues in 2015 …
According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, the 26-year-old slugger was officially optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday afternoon. The move clears a 25-man roster spot for reliever John Axford, who was away from the Rockies for the last 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.
Rosario is going to be the everyday first baseman at Albuquerque. He’s probably done catching for good.
Two meltdowns in three appearances have cost La Troy Hawkins his job as Rockies closer. From the Denver Post:
“We have decided to give ‘Hawk a break in that role,” manager Walt Weiss said before the start of the Rockies-Giants afternoon game. “We’re just trying to give him a little bit of a breather for the time being.”
Rafael Betancourt figures to get the most save chances, though Weiss said that there will be some “mix-and-match” going on in the Rockies’ pen. Adam Ottavino will likewise get chances, as will John Axford once he returns from family medical leave arising out of his son’s injuries from a snakebite.
Hawkins, 42, threw 54 innings with a 3.31 ERA and notched 23 saves last season. He has allowed five runs on seven hits in two and two-thirds innings so far in 2015.
Rockies reliever John Axford left spring training at the end of March as his son Jameson was hospitalized after being bitten by a rattlesnake. Axford rejoined the team and made his season debut on Wednesday, his only appearance of the season. The family medical emergency list allows players to be taken off of the active roster for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list. The Rockies have called up right-hander Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque to take the vacant spot on the 25-man roster. To make room for Oberg on the 40-man roster, infielder Charlie Culberson has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Groke has details of Jameson’s condition if you’re interested in reading about that. We at HardballTalk wish Jameson a speedy recovery and the Axford family strength during this difficult time.