Ottavino Passes Test; Return Could Come by End of Week
Finally, a bit of good news for the Rockies bullpen.
Adam Ottavino could be back on the active roster as early as Thursday.
Ottavino, on the disabled list since May 28 with a strained left oblique, threw an all-out bullpen session on Saturday with no hesitation.
"We are encouraged," said manager Bud Black. "He threw very well. He threw with a great deal of effort."
And, Black and Ottavino agreed, he threw with no pain.
Ottavino will be re-evaluated on Sunday to make sure no problem flares up overnight, and will be back on the mound Tuesday in Philadelphia, where the Rockies will open a three-game series against the Phillies.
Black was asked if he felt it was necessary for Ottavino to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before being returned to the active roster in the big leagues, and replied, "not necessarily."
That leaves the door open for a possible return on Thursday, which could provide a much-needed lift for a bullpen that has struggled in the absence of Ottavino.
Missing The Big "0"
Ottavino, meanwhile, was a definite bullpen factor. With the early season struggles of Bryan Shaw, he had moved into the setup role, showing no lingering problems from his struggle a year ago.
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