Jon Gray may debut right after the All-Star break

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes that the Rockies have designated Aaron Laffey for assignment, opening a 40-man roster spot for the possible arrival of top starting pitching prospect Jon Gray. Groke suspects that Gray will make his major league debut on Friday night in San Diego — Colorado’s first game after the All-Star break.

But this is all speculation for the time being.

Gray was the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amatuer Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He hasn’t exactly excelled this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, but the 23-year-old right-hander owns a promising 3.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 248/82 K/BB ratio in 258 career minor league innings.

Colorado’s starting pitchers have registered a combined 5.01 ERA this season.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.