Miguel Castro Sent to Albuquerque by Colorado Rockies
In what seems like an odd move on the surface but a necessary one at its core, the Colorado Rockies are sending one of their best bullpen arms, Miguel Castro, to Triple-A.
Boone Logan being activated from the the disabled list on Monday served as the catalyst for the roster move. The 31-year-old southpaw has been by far and away the Rockies best bullpen option so far into the 2016 campaign against left-handed batters. That is before Logan hit the DL with shoulder inflammation. Here’s hoping he returns to his dominant form.
Logan hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 10.2 innings of action, including 4.2 innings over seven spotless appearances in May.
In 14 innings pitched, Logan has allowed only three runs. We here at Rox Pile are good at math and that works out to a 1.93 ERA. If you been following the Rockies the last few years, then Logan’s success is a surprise to you considering he has career 4.72 ERA with Colorado over the last three seasons.
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Logan made only one rehab appearance. At Triple-A Albuquerque, he worked a scoreless inning and that was good enough for the front office to make the move to recall him.
While Logan has made himself almost indispensable this season, Castro is also one of Colorado’s best bullpen options. In 13 appearances, Castro has yielded five runs while striking out 10. So why on earth would the club send him down if he’s one of the better options out of the pen?
Well there are two answers. The first has to do with Castro’s own stint on the DL list. While healthy now, Castro is still regaining arm strength from time missed earlier in the season. The move is simply part of the rebuilding process.
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Second, Miguel Castro being sent to Albuquerque was one of the few options available to the Rockies without the team having to sacrifice someone. The Rockies were out of options with Justin Miller and Gonzalez Germen so they would’ve lost them off the roster if they had sent one of them away. The last thing the Rockies want to do is lose an arm to another team. After all, there have been plenty of former Colorado pitchers who have proven there is life after Coors Field (we’re looking at you this season, Drew Pomeranz).