Aug 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher D. Hale (61) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
David Hale optioned back to AAA Albuquerque
The piggy back to Bettis’ addition to the 25-man roster, the Colorado Rockies have sent David Hale back down to AAA Albuquerque after the Princeton product made a start Sunday afternoon at Coors Field against the New York Mets.
Hale has had an up and down season, and Sunday was the perfect example; in trouble early, Hale ended up going six innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks — and four wild pitches (a club record!) — overcoming a poor start to retire nine of the final ten batters he faced.
Nevertheless, the Rockies want more significant rotation help in the short run, opting to go with Bettis over Hale, who is 3-5 with a 6.15 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) this year. Disappointingly, Hale is allowing 10.8 hits and 1.8 home runs per nine innings this year, and even though he doesn’t walk many batters (just 15 in 60 innings), he’s also allowed 12 home runs in just 11 games.
All that being said, expect Hale to finish the next few weeks in Albuquerque, and then come back to Denver as rosters expand in September. Considering the Colorado Rockies traded for him this winter, it’s safe to assume they’d still like to give him a shot to earn a roster spot in 2016 as he continues to develop and adjust to Coors Field.
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