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  • Tulo sent to 15-day DL; Flande to start tonight

    Tue, July 22, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    TulowitzkiColorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 20) with left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flande (No. 58) is scheduled to start for the Rockies in tonight’s game against the Nationals at Coors Field (6:40 p.m. MT).

    Tulowitzki, 29, is being placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain after hitting a Majors-best .340 (107-for-315), 18 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs, 52 RBI and 71 runs in 91 games this season. His .432 on-base percentage and his 1.035 OPS (on-base plus slugging) also lead all Major League players, while his 71 runs are tied with three others for the best in baseball. With his first half play, Tulowitzki become a four-time All-Star, second-straight as a fan-elected starter, and was the National League’s captain in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The Rockies first round pick (7th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft has played in 961 Major League games hitting .299 (1068-for-3574) with 205 doubles, 24 triples, 176 home runs, 604 RBI and 614 runs.

    Flande, 28, will be making a second stint with Colorado, where he has made three starts going 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA (14.2 ip, 12 er). He made his Major League debut on June 25th at Coors Field against the St. Louis Cardinals going 5.0 innings with 4 runs and a no-decision. Flande began the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 2-9 with a 4.42 ERA (71.1 ip, 35 er) in 14 games (13 starts) for the Sky Sox. He was optioned back to Triple-A on July 7 and has pitched in two games/one start since his option (6.0 ip, 13 h, 8 r-er, 3 bb, 6 k). Yohan spent time in the Phillies (2006-10) and Braves (2011-13) organizations before joining the Rockies organization this year.

    The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

  • Righty Bettis heads back to Rockies

    Wed, April 30, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. In addition, the club recalled right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Bettis (No. 35) will be available for the Rockies against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field  at 7:40 p.m. tonight.

    Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster and has made four starts for the Rockies this year, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (24.0 ip, 12 er). This will be Chatwood’s second stint on the disabled list this year. 

    Bettis, 24, began the season on the Rockies Opening Day roster for the first time in his career before he was optioned to Triple-A on April 25 where he made one scoreless appearance (2.0 innings). In 11 games with the Rockies this season, he is 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA (11.1 innings, 9 ER), 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.

  • Injury brings new face to Sky Sox

    Fri, April 18, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoInfielder Rafael Ynoa, who hit the RBI single that scored Kyle Parker in the 10th inning on Thursday night, was put on the disabled list with a left calf contusion.

    Extended Spring Training player Angelys Nina, 25, of the Dominican Republic was called up and started at second base on Friday night. The 2007 Rockies free agent signee spent last season with Double-A Tulsa (.280 average, 51 RBIs, 19 stolen bases).

    Notes

    Both Sky Sox home wins have come in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning. … 2013 PCL all-star third baseman Ryan Wheeler sat out for the second straight game after starting the first 13 contests. … The Sky Sox return home for a four-game homestand against new division rival Iowa Cubs April 24-27.

  • Culberson sent down to Sky Sox; Chatwood starts against Giants today

    Sun, April 13, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Culberson MUGThe Colorado Rockies announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the 15-day disabled list. To create room on the active roster for Chatwood, the club has optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.  Chatwood (No. 27) is scheduled to make his season debut in today’s game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park (2:05 p.m. MT).

    Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster before being placed on the disabled list on April 2 with a left hamstring strain (retroactive to March 29). Chatwood made one rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 8 at Round Rock and pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits, while walking just one and striking out eight. Last year, he started 20 games for the Rockies and went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA (111.1 ip, 39 er), 41 walks and 66 strikeouts. His eight wins were a season high and his 66 strikeouts were eight shy of matching his season high (74 in 2011). The Redlands, Calif. native made five appearances/four starts in Cactus League play and did not receive a decision (15.0 ip, 15 h, 9 r/7 er, 9 bb, 9 so).

    Culberson, 25, made his first Opening Day roster this year and appeared in nine games for the Rockies, going 2-for-18 with a double and 2 RBI. Last season, he split the year between Triple-A Colorado Springs and Colorado. With the Rockies, he played 47 games and hit .293 (29-for-99) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs. The 6-foot right-hander has hit .245 (34-for-139) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 62 Major League games.

     The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Rockies call up INF Rutledge, send down RHP Lopez

    Wed, April 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs. In addition, the club has optioned right-hander Wilton Lopez to Triple-A.

    Rutledge ( No. 14) will be dressed and available for today’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Coors Field at 1:10 p.m. MT.

    Rutledge, 24, began the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he has hit .389 (7-for-18) with a double, a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs in 5 games. Last season, he began the year on the Rockies Opening Day roster as the starting second baseman and spent the majority of the year in the Majors. He played in 58 games with 56 starts at second and owned a .982 fielding percentage, while also playing 14 games at shortstop. In 161 career games with the Rockies, the Birmingham native has hit .254 (143-for-562) with 26 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 56 RBI and 82 runs.

    Lopez, 30, has pitched in 4 games for the Rockies this season after making the Opening Day roster for the second consecutive year. In those 4 games, he has pitched 6.1 innings and has allowed 8 runs on 18 hits with 4 strikeouts. In 292 career games, Lopez is 16-17 with 11 saves and a 3.54 ERA (305.1 ip, 120 er), 337 hits, 57 walks and 221 strikeouts.

    The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.

  • Sky Sox fall short in season opener, 2-1

    Fri, April 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichColorado Springs opened the PCL season with a 2-1 loss at New Orleans.

    Lefthander Christian Friedrich got the nod for the Sky Sox (0-1), and started his third consecutive Opening Day and delivered arguably his best start.

    Friedrich tossed five innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run, while striking out nine batters. His only blemish was a solo-homer by Zephyr left fielder Kyle Jenson to lead off the second inning. The nine Ks were the most on Opening Day in Sky Sox history.

    New Orleans starter Brian Flynn protected the Zephyrs’ lead with six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, while striking out five batters. Flynn is the reigning ERA king in the Pacific Coast League.

    The Zephyrs’ 1-0 lead remained for much of the game until left fielder Tim Wheeler led off the eighth inning with a triple. In the next at-bat, catcher Michael McKenry hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Wheeler and tie the game.

    New Orleans answered immediately in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Manny Corpas (0-1) with a lead-off single by Jensen, followed by a Justin Bour RBI double in the next at-bat. Corpas was able to get out of the inning with two fly outs and a ground out.

    In the ninth, a potential Sky Sox rally began when leadoff hitter and center fielder Jason Pridie singled to start the inning, but was later picked off at first by Zephyr closer Chris Hatcher., who allowed a walk but bounced back with two strikeouts to end the game.

    Zephyr Arquimedes Caminero (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief work.

    Sky Sox lefty Boone Logan (Major League rehab assignment) pitched a scoreless sixth inning striking out two, but did allow a single and a walk.

    Righty Rob Scahill also pitched a scoreless frame with one strikeout and one hit, a soft line-drive single.  

    Rutledge and Paulsen were the other two Sky Sox players with hits, both singles.

    The Sky Sox will take on the Zephyrs at 6 p.m. MT Friday night in New Orleans in Game 2 of the four-game series. On the mound will be a pair of righties, Christian Bergman for Colorado Springs and Bryan Evans for New Orleans.

  • Friedrich garners record 3rd Opening Day start; updated Sky Sox roster

    Thu, April 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    FriedrichactionThe Sky Sox open their season at New Orleans at 6 p.m. MT Thursday with LHP Christian Friedrich as the Opening Day starter for a franchise-record 3rd straight year.  RHP Brian Flynn will get the starting nod for the Zephyrs.

    All games are broadcast on 1300 AM.  The official Opening Day roster for the Sky Sox follows:

    Sky Sox Opening Day roster

    Name, age      2013 clubs

    Pitchers (12)

    Christian Bergman, 25  Tulsa

    Brooks Brown, 28        Indianapolis

    Greg Burke, 32            Las Vegas, N.Y. Mets

    Manny Corpas, 31       Sky Sox, Rockies

    Yohan Flande, 27         Mississippi, Gwinnett

    * Christian Friedrich, 26           Sky Sox

    Pedro Hernandez, 24    Rochester, GCL Twins, New Brittain, Minnesota Twins

    Dan Houston, 27          Tulsa, Sky Sox

    Boone Logan          N.Y Yankees, MLB rehab assignment (added 3 p.m. Thursday)

    Chris Martin, 27           Portland, Pawtucket

    * Tyler Matzek, 23       Tulsa

    * Rob Scahill, 27          Sky Sox, Rockies

    Cole White, 26 NW Arkansas, Tulsa

    Catchers (three)

    Matt McBride, 28        Sky Sox

    Michael McKenry, 28  Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jackson Williams, 26    Fresno

    Infielders (six)

    Drew Garcia, 27           Charlotte, Sky Sox

    Paul Janish, 31  Gwinnett, Atlanta Braves

    Ben Paulsen, 26            Sky Sox

    * Josh Rutledge, 24      Sky Sox, Rockies

    * Ryan Wheeler, 25      Sky Sox, Rockies

    Rafael Ynoa, 26           Chattanooga

    Outfielders (four)

    Evan Frey, 27               Montgomery, Durham, Reno

    * Kyle Parker, 24         Tulsa

    Jason Pridie, 30            Norfolk, Baltimore Orioles

    Tim Wheeler, 26           Sky Sox

    * denotes on Rockies 40-man roster

  • Rockies send two to DL, one to Triple-A

    Fri, March 28, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Colorado Rockies announced that the club optioned right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder strain) and left-handed pitcher Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list. The placement of both Chacin and Logan on the 15-day DL is retroactive to March 21.

    The Rockies now have 30 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including 5 non-roster invitees.  The Rockies have a full 40-man roster.

  • Spring training: Sky Sox roster taking shape

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Rockies optioned catcher Mike McKenry, infielders Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler and reassigned outfielders Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler to the minors Thursday morning.

    The Rockies have 33 players on the organization’s major league Spring Training roster, including five non-roster invitees.

    Jordan Pacheco is the likely Rockies’ backup catcher at this point while Charlie Culberson madethe big club as an infielder, according to the Denver Post.

    According to radio man Dan Karcher in a 1300 AM Sports Animal interview, the Sky Sox pitching rotation is beginning to take shape. He named Christian Friederich, Tyler Matzek, a 24-year-old Pedro Hernandez and former Double-A Tulsa hurler Christian Bergman as the Nos. 1-4 starters.

  • Rockies send six down to minors

    Sun, March 23, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoSCOTTSDALE – The Colorado Rockies announced that six players were sent to minor league camp. Players with an asterisk next to their name on the 40-man roster, and thus were optioned. All other players were non-roster invitees to Spring Training and were reassigned.

    Right-handed pitchers (3): Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Rob Scahill*

    Catchers (1): Matt McBride

    Infielders (2): Ben Paulsen, Rafael Ynoa

    The Rockies have 38 players on the major league Spring Training roster, including eight non-roster invitees.