Colorado Rockies roster moves: Chris Rusin activated from the DL

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Rusin #52 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Rusin #52 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during a regular season MLB game between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting San Diego Padres at Coors Field on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Russell Lansford/Getty Images) /
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Before their opening game of their three game series with the New York Mets to wrap up their nine game roadtrip, the Colorado Rockies activated left-handed reliever Chris Rusin off the disabled list.

The Colorado Rockies have made a bevy of roster moves in the past few weeks and before today’s game with the New York Mets, they are making another.

The Rockies are activating left-handed reliever Chris Rusin off the 10-day disabled list. He was originally on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain and he hasn’t seen any game action since April 22 against the Cubs, when he dealt 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, hitless ball.

Since Rusin needs a spot on the 25-man roster, the Rockies decided to send right-handed reliever Antonio Senzatela back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Rusin in 2018

Chris Rusin has struggled a bit in 2018 as he has an ERA of 4.97 and walking six batters in 12 2/3 innings of work. However, his final three starts before going on the disabled list were much better as he went 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run but he still walked three batters.

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Senzatela in 2018

Senzatela really struggled in 10 appearances (17 1/3 innings) with the Rockies this season. He had an ERA of 6.23 and he allowed 23 hits (or just under 12 hits per nine innings). However, he was much better in his last two appearances against the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins as he went six innings while allowing six hits, no runs, two walks, and he struck out six.

Final Thoughts

I think that it’s a bit surprising to see Senzatela sent back to Albuquerque, despite his struggles. As mentioned, he was a lot better in his final two appearances and the Rockies. I would have expected to see Brooks Pounders or Harrison Musgrave be sent back instead of Senzatela. Both Pounders and Musgrave have both done well in their two appearances a piece but they aren’t as highly viewed as Senzatela is.

Particularly, with Musgrave, he is a lefty and with Rusin being activated, the Rockies will now have four lefties in the bullpen (Musgrave, Rusin, Mike Dunn, and Jake McGee).

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I would think with that alone that Musgrave would be sent down but he also has three minor league options left (like Senzatela did before the transaction).