Colorado Rockies: Two things we learned on Tuesday
Estevez struggles in return
Prior to the game against the Mariners, the Rockies recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Estevez from Triple-A Albuquerque and placed right-handed pitcher Adam Ottavino on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Ottavino said he had felt not at 100 percent for a couple of weeks but Monday’s game pushed the decision.
"“I wasn’t thinking about the DL at all until probably yesterday’s game,” said the 31-year-old Ottavino. “We have a good team. They’ll be fine without me for a couple of days. I’ll be able to help the team a lot more being 100 percent. “I just felt like I wasn’t pitching with a full deck yesterday. Trying to create my velocity and it really wasn’t there. Because of that, I’m kind of back into bad habits, walking guys. I feel like if I’m going to be pitching with the game on the line every time, I need to be who I am. The hope is just knock this thing out now and get back to doing that.”"
The 24-year-old Estevez made his second appearance on the active roster, and his third overall appearance (including his appointment as the 26th man for the second game of the Rockies doubleheader on May 28 at Minnesota). It’s been a season that has seen Estevez shuttled back and forth to Triple-A Albuquerque as he has posted a 3-0 record with a 7.30 ERA in 14 appearances with the Rockies (before Tuesday night).
Estevez said he has taken the moves in stride.
"“I heard last year from the older guys that that stuff happens to a lot of young guys,” Estevez said. “If you have options, you’re going to go back and forth. I knew it was probably going to happen so I said to myself I was going to give the team the best I could right now.”"
Estevez said he has been focusing on his command and mechanics during his time in Triple-A.
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"“Command. Slowing down my mechanics a little bit. Getting more time for my hand to get out of my glove. Timing-wise on my delivery, not to rush it,” Estevez said."
Estevez, however, had little luck in his first appearance back with the Rockies. Coming in to pitch the ninth, Estevez gave up three consecutive singles before striking out Mike Zunino. However, a two-run single by Jarrod Dyson upped the Seattle lead to 9-3. Pinch hitter Taylor Motter plated another with a single to center to push the advantage to 10-3.
In all, Estevez gave up three runs and five hits in a lackluster inning that saw his ERA soar to 8.78.