The Colorado Rockies finalized their 2017 Opening Day 25-man roster on Sunday afternoon by thrilling a local product with some big news and making a surprise DFA designation.
The most impactful roster news of the day from the Rockies came when it was announced that the team was selecting the contract of left-handed pitcher and Denver native Kyle Freeland from Double-A Hartford. He is currently in line to start the home opener on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.
Last season, Freeland was 11-10 with a 3.89 ERA in 26 starts between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque.
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While Freeland is the newest member of Colorado’s 25-man roster, promising reliever Miguel Castro is not. The Rockies designated the right-handed pitcher for assignment.
Castro was a part of the return of the 2015 trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Here’s a look at the players currently on Colorado’s 25-man roster.
Injury-wise, the Rockies placed the following six players on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, March 30. Those players are right-handed pitchers Jairo Díaz (recovery from Tommy John surgery) and Chad Qualls (right forearm tightness), left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin (right oblique strain), catcher Tom Murphy (fracture, right forearm), infielder Ian Desmond (fracture, left hand) and outfielder David Dahl (stress reaction, sixth rib).
The team previously placed right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis (testicular cancer) on the 60-day disabled list on March 26.
With that in mind, here is how Colorado’s disabled list currently shapes up…
Disabled List (7): RHP Chad Bettis*, OF David Dahl, INF Ian Desmond, RHP Jairo Díaz, C Tom Murphy, RHP Chad Qualls, LHP Chris Rusin (* 60-day disabled list)
The Rockies begin the franchise’s 25th Major League season on Monday at Milwaukee’s Miller Park at 12:10 p.m. (Mountain), beginning a four-game series against the Brewers.