Pieces in Place for Bettis to Move Into Rockies Rotation Tuesday
Right-hander Antonio Senzatela was placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, creating the opportunity for Chad Bettis to be activated from the disabled list and start in place of Senzatela on Tuesday.
The immediate move was to call up outfielder David Dahl, 24, from Triple-A Albuquerque, adding another bat to the Rockies bench, but with the Rockies playing the 10th game on Sunday in a stretch of 17 games in 17 days they will need to fill in Senzatela's spot in the rotation against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Bettis, out since working three innings in a July 1 start at Dodger Stadium, opened the season 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in seven starts. He is 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA in 10 starts since, the blister first surfacing at Dodger Stadium in what was the third of those 10 starts.
He was close to being activated several times since the All-Star Break, but the blister problem flared up in bullpen sessions. Sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque, he made three starts, and while the blister was a problem in the first two, Bettis threw 95 pitches in six innings in his third start for the Isotopes last Thursday.
That puts him on normal four-day rest if he gets the call to start Tuesday, and would seem to answer the question of whether Bettis could be put in the bullpen when he returns.
Whether the Rockies keep Dahl and send out another player remains to be seen. One possibility could be to send down a catcher, either rookie Tom Murphy or Tony Wolters, who like Dahl is a left-handed hitter. With Wolters hitting .159, and appearing to have fallen behind Chris Iannetta and Murphy, the Rockies could decide to sent Wolters to Albuquerque to get regular at-bats in hopes he would regain his stroke. They could also look at roster management, and decide not to use up an option of Wolters.
Dahl was initially called up on April 22 and appeared in 32 games, 20 starts, hitting .275 with eight runs scored, three doubles, two triples, four home runs and 13 RBI. He fouled a ball of his right foot, breaking a bone, and resulting in being placed on the disabled list June 1. After a rehab-assignment he was optioned to Albuquerque on July 27.
Senzatela, 23, is making his second trip to the disabled list in the last month. He was initially disabled July 13 because of a blister on his right middle finger, and returned July 22 when Bettis was sidelined. Used out of the bullpen to open the season, Senzatela made 10 appearances in which he was 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. In the rotation, he was 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA.