Colorado Rockies Place Bergman On DL, Make Axford Inactive, Recall Flande And Miller


Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher J. Axford (66) reacts in the dugout after giving up three runs in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies made several roster moves in advance of Tuesday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

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The Colorado Rockies placed John Axford on the personal inactive list — and said that they will “release something soon” regarding why they made the move — and placed Christian Bergman on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue.

To match up those moves on the 25-man roster, Yohan Flande was recalled from AAA Albuquerque to serve as the Rockies’ long man in the bullpen, and Justin Miller was recalled for extra bullpen help.

These moves come several hours before the Rockies’ Tuesday night game in Oakland, where they are attempting to snap a four game losing streak in the midst of their ten-game road trip.

Nick Groke of the Denver Post and Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish were among those who reported on the moves first:

Obviously, Flande is set up to be a long reliever and considering his history, could do fairly well in the role as an innings eater in blowouts and games the Rockies are losing. He started the season in AA New Britain before being promoted to Denver once, and had recently been starting games for AAA Albuquerque.

Miller was called up for several days last week, and will serve in the pen as the Rockies figure out who amongst the remaining men out there can close games.

Our thoughts are with Axford as he obviously deals with some kind of personal issue; we’ll update whenever we hear more about what that may be.

And, in a separate move, prospect Trevor Story was promoted to AAA Albuquerque, from AA New Britain:

Story is one of the Colorado Rockies’ top prospects, and is set to play in the Futures Game at the MLB All-Star Game in two weeks.

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