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Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood goes on DL with mid-back strain

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MIAMI (AP) — Colorado Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood is back on the disabled list.

Chatwood went on the 15-day DL Sunday with a mid-back strain, and the team hopes he’ll rejoin the rotation as soon as he’s eligible.

“I don’t think it will be much longer than that,” manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s hard to tell. We’re thinking at this point that the 15 days will be sufficient.”

Right-hander Scott Oberg was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque before the Rockies’ game Sunday at Miami to take Chatwood’s roster spot.

Right-hander Eddie Butler, who is 2-4 with a 6.26 ERA and has made seven starts this year, is likely to take Chatwood’s place in the rotation.

Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA) left Saturday’s start at Miami after 1 2/3 innings because of the injury. He has made 14 starts this season after returning from his second Tommy John surgery.

Back trouble is apparently something new for the right-hander.

“I think this is the first time he has dealt with this type of injury,” Weiss said. “He hadn’t mentioned ever experiencing anything like this.”

Oberg had a 4.76 ERA in eight games with Colorado before being optioned to Triple-A on May 20.

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.