Colorado Rockies Roster Moves: Bergman, Miller Outrighted


The Colorado Rockies needed to make some changes in the bullpen for the team to make a serious run at the playoffs in 2017. Those changes appear to have started.

On Wednesday, the Rockies outrighted right-handers Justin Miller and Christian Bergman to Triple-A Albuquerque. With the move, the Rockies now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

The 28-year-old Bergman had injury issues last season and bounced between Albuquerque and Denver. He went 1-3 with an 8.39 ERA in 15 appearances covering 24.2 innings. In three seasons with the Rockies, Bergman is 7-9 with a 5.79 ERA. He has started in 15 of his 55 games with Colorado.

The 29-year-old Miller battled injuries last season as well, finishing 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA in 42.2 innings over 40 games. Miller has been with the Rockies for two seasons after being a part of eight games with the Detroit Tigers in 2014. In his time with Colorado, he’s 4-4 with a 4.97 ERA in 74 relief appearances.

Of course, this opens up speculation on who the Rockies will use to fill those two holes. It’s thought that the Rockies will look outside the organization for bullpen help in the offseason.

As a whole, Colorado relievers finished dead last in Major League Baseball last season with a 5.13 ERA.

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The Salt River Rafters, an Arizona Fall League squad with seven Colorado prospects on its roster, opened AFL action on Tuesday night with a 7-7 tie with Peoria.

Zach Jemiola opened the season for the Rafters on the mound and threw two innings, allowing five hits and three runs (one earned). Shane Carle followed by pitching two innings, surrendering three hits and two unearned runs.

Jerry Vasto finished the night for Salt River on the hill and was impressive, allowing one hit in 1.1 innings while striking out three.

At the plate, shortstop Pat Valaika went 2-for-4 with an RBI while first baseman Ryan McMahon logged a 2-for-5 night.

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Arizona Fall League teams play every day in October with the exception of Sundays. The Fall Stars game is scheduled for November 5 and the AFL championship contest is slated for November 19.