Prior to the Colorado Rockies taking the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Coors Field, the Rockies shook up their pitching and catching personnel.
In a series of moves, the Rockies brought catcher Nick Hundley off the 7-day concussion disabled list (read Hundley’s thoughts about being back here) and recalled right-hander Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room, catcher Dustin Garneau and right-hander Jordan Lyles were optioned to Albuquerque.
Lyles struggled mightily in his time on the mound in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up seven runs and five hits while walking five in 2.2 innings of work. On the season, Lyles has a 7.64 ERA in four starts.
“We have to get Jordan right,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “That’s tough to do at the Major League level, going out there every fifth day and trying to win Major League games. We know it’s in there. We saw it a week ago in Cincinnati and we’ve seen it plenty in the past. He’s working through some things and we have to get him in a different environment so he can get back to being himself so he can come back here and help us. We need him.”
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Weiss said he has noticed one thing missing from Lyles in the early part of the season.
“We saw a little bit in spring training. He hasn’t been as aggressive as we’ve seen in the past,” Weiss said. “He’s usually a guy who attacks the strike zone with a lot of stuff. For whatever reason, he hasn’t been as aggressive in the early going here. If we get him in a different environment, I think we have a better chance to get him back to form.
“It could be tied to something mechanical although we’ve checked under the hood,” Weiss added. “He’s worked on some things but we think he’s pretty mechanically sound.”
Garneau went 4-for-10 during his time with the Colorado Rockies, including a 2-for-3 performance against Los Angeles on Sunday.
Oberg went 3-4 with a 5.09 ERA last season for the Colorado Rockies, allowing 10 homers among his 58 hits surrendered in 58.1 innings of work.