Rockies Replenish Bullpen; Pounders Up, Oberg Down
Scott Oberg became the odd man out on Tuesday.
The Rockies needed a fresh arm for their bullpen after a 208-pitch effort by the Rockies staff in Monday's 13-5 loss to the Padres at Coors Field.
Oberg had an option.
So Oberg was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Brooks Pounders, 27, who will be making his Rockies debut when he gets the call from the bullpen. Pounders had a 3.60 ERA in even appearances, 10 innings, at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Oberg threw 30 pitches in Monday's game -- and retired one batter. In fact, Jake McGee (17 pitches, one out), Oberg and Antonio Senzatela (19 pigches, one out) combined to throw 66 pitches in the nine-run seventh inning.
The Rockies staff threw a combined total of 208 pitches.
|Chad Bettis||5||5||4||4||2||5||1||22||94||34 - 60|
|Harrison Musgrave (Hold 1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||10||2 - 8|
|Jake McGee (L 0-1, BS 1)||0.1||3||4||4||1||1||1||5||17||10 - 7|
|Scott Oberg||0.1||3||5||5||2||0||0||6||30||13 - 17|
|Antonio Senzatela||2.1||5||0||0||1||2||0||13||57||23 - 34|
|9||16||13||13||6||9||2||49||208||82 - 126|
There were four innings in which the Rockies pitchers threw at least 20 pitches.
Enter the 27-year-old Pounders.
He was signed to a minor-league contract by the Rockies in the off-season, and appeared in eight games during spring training, walking one batter, striking out eight and giving up four runs in nine innings. A second-round draft choice of the Pirates in 2009, Pounders made his major-league debut with the Royals on July 5, 2016. The Royals traded him to the Angels the ensuing off-season, and he appeared in 11 games with the Angels last season, going 1-0 with a 10.45 ERA, walking five and striking out 12 in 10 1/3 innings.
Oberg was sent down to open up a spot on the 25-man roster, and Zach Jemiola was designated for assignment to open a slot on the Rockies 40-man roster. Jemiola was a ninth-round draft choice of the Rockies in 2012, who has made 119 appearances, 11 starts, in his minor-leauge career, compiling a 4.88 ERA.