Colorado Rockies injury news: Jake McGee placed on 10-day DL
By Kevin Henry
Less than a week after the Colorado Rockies shored up their bullpen with the acquisition of Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies, an injury has temporarily taken out one of Colorado’s most steady relievers.
Prior to Colorado starting a double-header on Sunday against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, the Rockies placed southpaw reliever Jake McGee on the 10-day disabled list with a mid-back strain, retroactive to July 27. To take McGee’s place in the bullpen, the Rockies once again called up southpaw reliever Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Albuqeurque.
The 30-year-old McGee has an 0-1 mark this season with a 3.27 ERA. He gave up a run and two hits in 1.2 innings in his last appearance on July 25 at St. Louis. That, however, has been a rarity this season for McGee, who has held the opponent scoreless in 34 of his 43 appearances and limited opposing batters to a .219 batting average.
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In parts of eight seasons with Tampa Bay (2010-15) and Colorado (2016-17), McGee has gone 23-15 with 42 saves, a 3.09 ERA. He has surrendered 281 hits and 100 walks while registering 404 strikeouts in 397 career appearances. McGee was acquired by the Rockies, along with right-handed pitcher German Márquez, via trade with the Rays in exchange for outfielder Corey Dickerson and infielder Kevin Padlo on January 28, 2016.
Rosscup has made three appearances with the Rockies this season, allowing one run in 3.2 innings pitched (resulting in a 2.45 ERA) with four hits, no walks and four strikeouts. He was acquired via trade from the Chicago Cubs on June 26 in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup made one appearance for the Cubs this season, pitching 0.2 innings of hitless, scoreless relief on May 22 against San Francisco. In 64 career relief appearances with Chicago (2013-17) and Colorado (2017), he has gone 3-1 with a 5.19 ERA, allowing 47 hits and 32 walks and logging 62 strikeouts.
While at Triple-A, Rosscup has not allowed a run in eight appearances with four hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched.
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He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 28th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft before being traded to the Cubs on January 8, 2011.