After being released by the Mariners in spring training Jon Garland signed with the Rockies and won a rotation spot, but 12 mostly bad starts later Colorado has cut the 33-year-old right-hander loose.
Garland had a 5.82 ERA in 68 innings for the Rockies, posting a terrible 32/23 K/BB ratio while serving up nine homers and allowing opponents to hit .315. And he can’t blame it all on Coors Field, as Garland had a 5.73 ERA in six road starts.
Roy Oswalt looks just about ready to join the Rockies after one or two more starts in the minors, which likely helped convince the Rockies to part ways with Garland.
The Rockies have added starter Jeff Francis back to the roster from the 15-day disabled list. Francis had missed three weeks with a strained left groin. In eight starts, the lefty had a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings of work. He will start tonight against the Padres, opposing Eric Stults.
In a corresponding move, the Rockies designated starter Jon Garland for assignment, per Troy Renck. They had signed the right-hander to a Minor League contract at the end of March and broke camp with him, but he did not fare well in his first time back in the Majors since 2011. The 33-year-old Garland posted a 5.82 ERA in 68 innings spanning 12 starts.
Renck also reports that Tyler Colvin is with the team today from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he had a .919 OPS in 226 trips to the plate. The Rockies have optioned Josh Outman, currently sitting on a 4.94 ERA, to make room for Colvin on the roster.
Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was forced out of tonight’s game against the Rockies after being hit on the left hand with a fastball thrown by Jon Garland. Escobar left immediately and Ryan Roberts came in to take his spot on first base. After the inning, Roberts took over at second base and Ben Zobrist moved from second to shortstop.
Escobar was struggling, entering the night with a .174 average and .507 OPS. He is listed as day-to-day according to Mark Topkin. The Rays could continue to use Zobrist at short and Roberts at second, or they could use Kelly Johnson — who has logged 78 defensive innings in the outfield — at second as well.
Erasmo Ramirez threw 59 innings with a 3.28 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio for the Mariners as a 22-year-old rookie last season, but that wasn’t enough to get him a spot in the Opening Day rotation.
Seattle optioned Ramirez to Triple-A and also reassigned reclamation project Jeremy Bonderman to minor-league camp, which means the Mariners are filling out the rotation with Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer.
Jon Garland was also in the mix for a rotation spot, but the Mariners released him earlier this week and he quickly signed with the Rockies.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Rockies have signed right-hander Jon Garland to a one-year contract. It has a $500,000 base and more than $2 million worth of performance-based bonuses.
Garland was released by the Mariners on Saturday despite posting a good-looking 2.25 ERA in 12 Cactus League innings. He is likely to open the 2013 regular season in the Colorado starting rotation.
Garland, 33, registered a disappointing 4.33 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 28/20 K/BB ratio across 54 innings with the Dodgers in 2011 and then sat out the entire 2012 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery. He owns a 4.32 career ERA and a 1.38 career WHIP.
To clear roster space, the Rockies returned Rule 5 Draft pick Danny Rosenbaum to the Nationals. The 25-year-old left-hander allowed four earned runs over eight innings this spring in the Cactus League.