Dunn, Oberg Activated; Rockies Balance Bullpen

Left-handed reliever Mike Dunn and right-handed reliever Scott Oberg were activated by the Rockies Wednesday afternoon in a series of roster moves that balances the Rockies bullpen with four left-handed relievers and four right-handed relievers.

Right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Brad Pounders were optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Dunn and Oberg. Hoffman is considered a potential starting pitcher, and much like the Rockies have done with Antonio Senzatela since sending him to Albuquerque, Hoffman would seem most likely to get stretched out in the Isotopes rotation.

With the additions of Dunn and Oberg, the Rockies bullpen now features right-handers Yency Almonte, Wade Davis, Adam Ottavino and Oberg, and left-handers Jake McGee, Hunter Musgrave, Chris Rusin and Dunn.

Dunn and Oberg both made two one-inning relief appearances on minor-league rehab assignments -- with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, and High-A Lancaster on Monday. 

 The Colorado Rockies announced today that they have reinstated left-handed pitcher Mike Dunn (rhomboid strain) and right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg (back strain) from the 10-day disabled list, and have optioned right-handed pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Brooks Pounders to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Dunn, who has struggled on the big league roster -- a 9.00 ERA with 17 walks and 12 strikeouts in 16 innings spread over 23 appearances. He was placed on the disabled list June 8 with a rhomboid strain. He worked two hitless innings on his rehab assignment, walking one and striking out two.

The 33-year-old native of Farmington, N.M., has spent parts of 10 years in the Major Leagues, compiling a 33-26 record, four saves, a 3.86 ERA in 417 1/3 innings in 525 appearances. He has struck out 458 and walked 217. In addition to the pitching for the Rockies last year and this season, he has itched int he big leagues for the Yankees (2009), Braves (2010), and Marlins (2011-16).

Oberg was a 15th round draft choice of the Rockies out of the University of Connecticut in 2012, and has  appeared with the Rockies in portions of every season since 2015. He was 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in 16 appearances for the Rockies, and allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings in his last his last six appearances befor going on the disabled list.

Hoffman made five appearances, allowing six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings after his recall from Albuquerque on June 9. Pounders was recalled April 24 for his Rockies debut, and made 14 appearances with a 7.63 ERA, although he only walked two batters while striking out 17.


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