Rockies place Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain

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The Rockies placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, the team announced Sunday. Chatwood was pulled from his start against the Mets on Saturday after attempting to pitch through discomfort in his right leg. He made it through just 19 pitches, recording one out and allowing back-to-back walks and a three-run homer to give the Mets an early lead. In a corresponding move, outfielder Ian Desmond was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday and will take the righty’s spot on the roster after rehabbing a right calf strain of his own.

Chatwood, 27, worked a 6-11 record in 19 starts this season with a 4.74 ERA, 7.4 SO/9 and career-worst 5.1 BB/9 through 106 1/3 innings. He was dinged for his fourth consecutive loss after exiting Saturday’s game, as the Rockies couldn’t recover from a four-run deficit in the first inning and went on to lose 9-3.

It’s been a rough month for the Rockies’ rotation. Left-hander Tyler Anderson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early July, while right-hander Chad Bettis is still working his way back to the mound after undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Club manager Bud Black admitted that his current plan for the rotation is now up in the air, while¬†MLB.com’s Danny Knobler reports that the team’s dearth of viable starters will keep rookie southpaw Kyle Freeland in the rotation, at least for the time being.