Colorado Rockies Option Matzek To AAA, Recall Rosario


Apr 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster (56) talks to starting pitcher Tyler Matzek (15) after he loaded the bases in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After a very bad start Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Colorado Rockies have decided to option Tyler Matzek to AAA Albuquerque, and have recalled Wilin Rosario.

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Well, the Colorado Rockies may not be the wait-and-see bunch that they’ve been in the past any longer (Kyle Kendrick excluded, maybe).

Lefty Tyler Matzek has been optioned to AAA Albuquerque, with Wilin Rosario recalled from the ‘Topes to the 25-man roster in Denver before tonight’s game against the Dodgers.

The Rockies announced the move on Twitter this afternoon:

Nick Groke then reported Wilin Rosario was in the clubhouse and ready to be activated in Denver:

More from Nick Groke at the Denver Post:

"Matzek on Wednesday struggled through more than two innings against Arizona, allowing six walks while getting just six outs before he was pulled by manager Walt Weiss against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He became the 10th pitcher since 2001 to walk six or more batters in two or fewer innings to start a game.Rosario had been sent to Triple-A in April to make room for John Axford, who has taken over closing for the Rockies since reliever Adam Ottavino underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on Thursday.“I’m here to help my team win by playing,” Rosario said. “My swing was good down in Triple-A. Hopefully it stays the same.”"

We wrote literally earlier today that Rosario can help his trade value by being in the big leagues and proving he can hit and field. Obviously, if he isn’t traded at some point this summer, he can also help the Rockies by being a power hitter in a lineup that has suddenly gone cold during a seven-game losing streak.

As for Matzek, this, this, and more this:

I’d think we all still believe Matzek has a huge upside despite a history of control problems in the minors that have now resurfaced in the big leagues. So while Kendrick probably should have been the first rotation move to make, Matzek’s comes as part of a bigger, more thoughtful plan since Matzek will be with the club far longer than Kendrick beyond this season.

I very much agree with David. I suppose it depends who replaces Matzek in the rotation (Christian Bergman?) and how it all shakes out with him AAA, but on its face, I really like this move for the team.