Colorado Rockies Roster News: Gerardo Parra is Back, Shane Carle Sent Down
The Colorado Rockies will reportedly make a roster move prior to Tuesday night’s two-game road series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com is reporting that the Rockies will activate Gerardo Parra from the paternity list in time to take on the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. To make room on the roster, the Rockies are reportedly set to option relief pitcher Shane Carle to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Parra has been a pleasant surprise for the Rockies so far this season. The 29-year-old outfielder/first baseman has posted a team-leading .343 average with one homer and six RBI. Many expected Parra to bounce back from a rough 2016 season that saw him hit just .253 while fighting through a high ankle sprain he suffered in mid-June.
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Parra did not see action in the recent four-game series in San Francisco after being placed on the paternity list. He went 0-for-6 in his last two games of action against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field.
Carle saw the mound in one game during his time with the Rockies. He pitched a perfect inning on April 14 in his Major League debut against San Francisco, striking out one batter.
The 25-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque before being called up to Colorado. So far with the Isotopes, he has allowed five hits and four runs in three innings of work. He has also walked three while striking out three.
What this means for the Rockies: With Parra returning, it was a bit of a surprise that Raimel Tapia stayed up with the team while Carle was sent back down. That gives the Rockies plenty of outfield depth while cutting back on a reliever.
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Still, it may not be a move that lasts long. The Rockies enjoyed an off day on Monday so the bullpen is refreshed heading into the Dodgers series. Additionally, the team has a day off on Thursday before starting a stretch of 10 consecutive games on Friday, including seven at home against San Francisco and Washington. It’s possible the Rockies could shuffle the personnel deck again prior to the homestand’s start in order to have another arm in the bullpen.