Vasto, Patterson Back in Bigs; Rockies DL Dunn, Murphy on Paternity Leave
Left-hander Jerry Vasto, whose first stint in the big leagues was limited to one appearance last month, gets a second opportunity. The Rockies called up Vasto and outfielder Jordan Patterson on Saturday, filling roster spots opened up when left-handed reliever Mike Dunn went on the disabled list for a second time, and catcher Tom Murphy was placed on paternity leave.
Murphy, who flew to Denver to be with his wife, is expected to rejoin the Rockies when they return to Coors Field to open a three-game series with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Dunn, 33, was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Wednesday with acromioclavicular joint inflammation. It is his second stint on the disabled list this season. He originally was disabled on June 8 with a left rhomboid strain, and activated June 27.
In his second season with the Rockies, Dunn has made 25 appearances without a decision, but has a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings. He has 18 walks and 12 strikeouts. A native of Farmington, N.M., he has spent parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees (2009), Braves (2010), Marlins (2011-16), and Rockies (2017-18).
Murphy, 27, was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on June 12, and has hit .313 with two runs, six doubles, seven RBI, one walk and 20 strikeouts in 15 games.
Patterson, 26, reached the milestones of his 100th home run and 100th hit by pitch in the minor leagues. In 73 games this season with Triple-A Albuquerque, he hit .265 with 49 runs, 14 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 52 RBI, 28 walks, 83 strikeouts and five stolen bases. He is tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in home runs and leads the PCL with 18 hit-by-pitches.
He made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2016, going 8-for-18 with one run, one double, two RBI and a walk in 10 games. A fourth-round draft choice of the Rockies out of South Alabama in 2013, Patterson was called up a year ago on June 7 but did not appear in a game.
Vasto, 26, is making his second appearance on the Rockies roster this season. He was called up on June 10, and made his debut that night against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk, retiring two batters, one with a strikeout. He was optioned back to Albuquerque June 14. In 26 relief appearances with the Isotopes, he is 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA, nine walks and 33 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. Vasto was a 24th-round draft choice of the Rockies out of Felician College in 2014.