David Hale and Wilin Rosario Join the Isotopes TONIGHT


David Hale will continue his rehab in Albuquerque on April 25th!

When I got up and checked the pitching match-ups this morning, I knew the Isotopes were facing 51s right-hander Matthew Bowman and his 10.93 ERA. I like seeing that but I check the good guys side and “TBA.” Now TBA is not surprising with the injuries to the Topes starting rotation. What I did not expect to see was David Hale.

That’s right! Right-handed pitcher David Hale will make a Major League rehab start with the Albuquerque Isotopes tonight. Hale has been rehabbing a left oblique strain from Spring Training. In his 47 games over the last two seasons, he racked up a commendable 5-5 record with a 3.02 ERA, 58 Ks and 40 walks. He did rehab in High-A Modesto on April 20th only throwing 2.1 innings but only allowing 2 hits, a walk and three Ks.

Additionally the Isotopes officially add Wilin Rosario to the roster as a catcher, which may not mean anything regarding Rosario starting at first every day. Rosario was not listed as a starter tonight so his role is yet to be seen in Albuquerque.

The outfield was already a log jam and the addition of Rosario at first is going to add Paulsen to the outfield mess but the Topes cleaned it up a bit by moving Roger Bernadina to the Disabled List with a left wrist sprain, retroactive to the 22nd.

Rosario has played in 10 games with the Colorado Rockies this season, hitting .357 (5-for-14) with one run scored, three doubles, one homer and two RBI. The Rockies demoted him, to get him time at first base and to recall a reliever to help with an overly depleted Rockies Bullpen.

Bernadina initially injured his left wrist on April 18 at Reno. In 11 games this season, Bernadina is batting .188 with six runs scored, two doubles and three RBI. The DL in the minors is only seven days but this injury does help the outfield situation.

This is great for the Isotopes who have had a good start but had an ugly series split in Tacoma, earlier this week. This will allow them to utilize major league talent to capture some much needed wins and a division lead.