Tyler Anderson to Make MLB Debut as Jake McGee Hits DL
One day after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of a loss to the San Diego Padres, Jake McGee was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies. In his place, Tyler Anderson will make his much-awaited Rockies and Major League Baseball debut.
With McGee going on the DL because of left knee inflammation, the door was opened for the 26-year-old Anderson to finally take the mound at Coors Field. He is tentatively scheduled to start on Sunday against the San Diego Padres.
After missing the entire 2015 season following left elbow surgery, Anderson has made steady progress through the minors on his way to reaching the Rockies roster.
It started in High-A Modesto where he earned a no decision on May 8 while allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
Anderson next made two starts with Double-A Hartford, going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA (allowing two earned runs in 10 innings), two walks and 11 strikeouts across those two starts.
He was transferred to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 26, where he went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA (surrendering four earned runs in 17 innings) with six walks and 13 strikeouts in three starts.
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Drafted in the first round by Colorado in 2011, Tyler Anderson is 25-12 with a 2.38 ERA (95 earned runs in 359 innings), 108 walks and 293 strikeouts over parts of four seasons at five Minor League levels.
The left-handed McGee, meanwhile, reportedly tweaked his knee on Friday’s final pitch, causing him to be sent to the disabled list. Many Rockies fans were wondering if McGee would keep his closer role after Friday’s meltdown, but the injury caused the decision to be temporarily made for the Rockies.
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In McGee’s absence, Jason Motte and Carlos Estevez are in line to close games for the Rockies. Estevez has served as the set-up man for the Rockies this season so roles could well be shuffled with McGee on the shelf.