Colorado Rockies Recall German Marquez, Option Stephen Cardullo
By Kevin Henry
As expected, the Colorado Rockies made a personnel move ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field.
As was rumored throughout the week, the Rockies recalled right-handed pitcher German Márquez from Triple-A Albuquerque. He will take the hill tonight against the Nationals in place of injured starting pitcher Jon Gray. To make room for Marquez on the roster, Colorado optioned infielder-outfielder Stephen Cardullo to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The 22-year-old Marquez will be making his first start and appearance of the season for Colorado. He made the Opening Day roster and was in the bullpen. However, he did not see any action before being sent to Albuquerque on April 9.
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While in Albuquerque, Marquez shined for the Isotopes. He posted an 0-0 mark with a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched. During that span, he didn’t walk anyone while striking out 18 batters.
Marquez made his Major League debut last season with the Rockies and went 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA in six appearances. Three of those were starts. During his time in Denver last season, Marquez walked six and struck out 15.
Marquez and current Rockies reliever Jake McGee were part of the 2016 trade that sent Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Cardullo, meanwhile, has been a part of Colorado’s roster since Opening Day. In 15 games with the Rockies this season, the 29-year-old utility player is batting .143 with three RBI. Over 43 Major League career games with the Rockies, he is batting .190 with three doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI.
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Cardullo joined the Colorado Rockies after proving his worth with the independent Rockland Boulders. He made his Major League Debut on August 26, 2016.