Colorado Rockies roster news: CarGo to DL, Cuevas makes MLB debut
After injuring his hamstring on a diving catch on Wednesday in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is heading to the disabled list.
To take CarGo’s place on the active roster, the Rockies called up outfielder Noel Cuevas from Triple-A Albuquerque. Cuevas makes his first-ever appearance on the Rockies roster after hitting .333 in 16 Triple-A games this season. His numbers also include a .419 on base percentage, .571 slugging percentage and .990 OPS. Cuevas has a pair of homers and 13 RBI after hitting 15 round-trippers last season and knocking in 79.
The 26-year-old Cuevas was originally acquired by Colorado from the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player to be named later to complete the trade for right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio on December 16, 2014. This year, he attended his third Major League Spring Training, posting a .364 average with six runs, two doubles, seven RBI, three walks and one stolen base in 20 spring training contests.
Cuevas won’t wait long to see his first MLB action. He is starting in right field for the Rockies and batting eighth on Sunday in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs.
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Gonzalez, who rejoined the Rockies midway through spring training after signing a one-year contract, is hitting .235/.264/.426 with three homers and 11 RBI. He has also struck out 17 times in 72 at-bats. Despite a bit of a slow start, CarGo is one of five Rockies players heading into Sunday’s action who have 10 or more RBI on the season, joining Trevor Story (10), Ian Desmond (11), DJ LeMahieu (11) and Charlie Blackmon (team-leading 14).
Over the last 10 games, the 32-year-old Gonzalez is hitting just .219. In his 10-year Colorado career, Gonzalez has amassed 696 RBI along with a .291/.350/.520 slash line.
While the Rockies are losing Gonzalez to the disabled list, they are also losing Gerardo Parra for the next four contests resulting from his actions during a brawl with the San Diego Padres on April 11. He will miss Sunday’s game against the Cubs as well as the three home games against the Padres but will available for Colorado’s upcoming road trip to Miami, Chicago and New York.
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