Colorado Rockies roster moves: Gerardo Parra to DL, Jordan Patterson up
As expected, the Colorado Rockies made a roster move on Wednesday morning prior to the conclusion of a two-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Coors Field.
Gerardo Parra, who pulled up on an attempted steal attempt in the third inning of Tuesday’s night 11-3 Colorado win, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday with a strained right quad. Taking his place in the Colorado dugout is Jordan Patterson, a 25-year-old left-handed batter who saw action in 10 games last season, totaling 18 at-bats.
Patterson was hitting just .216 in Triple-A this season (including just .098 against southpaws) but hit .293 last year with the Albuquerque Isotopes. He is a career .282 hitter in 1,764 minor league at-bats.
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He is the second member of the Isotopes to be needed in Denver this week. Raimel Tapia was recalled to the team on Tuesday when Alexi Amarista was placed on the paternity list. Amarista is expected to rejoin the Rockies when they begin a four-game series in Chicago against the defending World Champion Cubs on Thursday. It’s unclear whether Tapia or Patterson will be kept by the Rockies when Amarista returns. Both are outfielders (although Patterson has played first base quite a bit this season in Albuquerque) and will provide needed depth with Parra on the shelf.
Update: Patterson will only be with the team for one day, per a tweet from Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
Parra is in the second year of a three-year, $27.5 million contract with the Rockies, but it has been an injury-plagued tenure. Last season, Parra collided with shortstop Trevor Story chasing a fly ball on June 14 against the New York Yankees. He missed the next 46 games with a high ankle sprain and never could find his rhythm, splitting time between the outfield and first base. He finished with a .253 average and logged just seven homers and 39 RBI.
However, Parra has been red hot for the Rockies over the past 10 games. During that stretch, he’s batting .577 (15-for-26) with five multi-hit games. That includes a 2-for-2 performance before he left with the injury on Tuesday.
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"“It’s too bad. He’s been swinging the bat really well,” fellow outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said on Tuesday night. “He needs to do whatever he needs to do to get back on the field and help this club.”"