Colorado Rockies roster moves: Jordan Lyles finally draws DFA
By Kevin Henry
After weeks of wondering when the move might actually happen, the Colorado Rockies finally pulled the trigger on the Jordan Lyles experience on Saturday afternoon.
Before the Rockies and Washington Nationals begin their rain-delayed three-game series at Nationals Park, Colorado made a pair of roster moves that should strengthen their bullpen and bench immediately.
According to a tweet from Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Lyles was designated for assignment while closer Greg Holland was brought off the paternity list. Additionally, Carlos Estevez was sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque and Raimel Tapia was once again brought up from the Isotopes to give the Rockies more depth in the outfield.
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In his fourth season with the Rockies, Lyles had struggled to a 0-2 mark and 6.94 ERA this season. During his career in Colorado, the 26-year-old right-hander went 13-16 with a 5.22 ERA in 105 games, including 37 starts.
His final appearance with the Rockies on July 26 at St. Louis not only saw him give up five hits and two runs in two innings, but also draw boos from the Cardinals broadcast team because of his slow pace on the mound.
Holland went on the paternity list prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals. The Rockies had an off day on Thursday and had their game against the Nationals rained out on Friday night. Colorado’s closer has converted 30-of-31 save opportunities this season. He also returns to the Rockies bullpen with a new setup man in the form of Pat Neshek, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade on Wednesday.
Estevez, who was called up on July 25 as reliever Jairo Diaz was sent back to Albuquerque, did not see any action in his latest call-up. He hasn’t pitched for the Rockies since giving up two runs and three hits in two innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 21. That outing pushed his ERA on the season to 8.10.
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He will, however, remain with the Rockies for now and serve as the team’s 26th man during Sunday’s double-header against the Nationals.