Ryan Madson hit the disabled list Sunday with a pectoral strain, so the Nationals added an arm for their bullpen Monday by calling up left-hander Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse.
This will be Collins first stint in the majors since way back in 2014 with the Royals. He’s undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries since. It’s pretty cool to see him finally make it back to the majors, even if it’s just on a fill-in basis.
You might remember Collins best for fitting his entire body inside one of Jonathon Broxton‘s pant legs (seriously, look at the photo), but the 5-foot-7 lefty was an effective pitcher in the Royals’ bullpen for a good stretch. The 28-year-old holds a 3.54 ERA with 220 strikeouts over 211 innings in the majors.
Collins posted a 3.63 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A prior to the call-up.
The Diamondbacks announced that the club optioned starter Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno after Tuesday night’s game. According to Nick Piecoro of Azcentral Sports, Shelby Miller will likely be activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Monday.
Miller, 27, has been out since late April of 2017 after undergoing and rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has had a rough time since coming to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Braves, starting 24 games since the beginning of the 2016 season with a 5.78 ERA and a 90/54 K/BB ratio in 123 innings.
That trade, consummated on December 9, 2015, is certainly one the D-Backs would like to take back. They received Miller and Gabe Speier from the Braves and gave up Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, and Aaron Blair.
Koch, 27, made 12 starts and one relief appearance this season, compiling a 4.40 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings.