The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have made a waiver claim to provide themselves with some depth in the bullpen.
In a corresponding move and for a 40-man roster spot for Parsons, the Rockies have moved their closer Scott Oberg, who was placed on the 10-day injured list yesterday, to the 60-day injured list, signaling an end to his season.
Parsons, who will turn 27 next month, has pitched to a 3.52 ERA in 17 games with the Braves this season. However, his main problem with the Braves has been that he has walked 13 batters in just 15 1/3 innings, for an average of 7.6 per nine innings.
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In Triple-A Gwinnett for the Braves this year, he has pitched well, though, as he has pitched in 27 games with an ERA of 2.86. Down there, he has four saves and he has averaged more than two innings per appearance, showing that he could be more of a long reliever for the Rockies. He has a WHIP of 1.394 and he averages 9.2 hits allowed, 0.2 home runs, 3.3 walks, and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings in Triple-A this year.
Oberg, 29, was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday due to blood clots in his throwing arm. As we noted in our article from yesterday on the roster move, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post thought that Oberg’s season would be over and now, with the move to the 60-day IL, it seems like that is now confirmed.
"“His arm felt heavy. It just didn’t feel normal so he was alarmed,” Colorado manager Bud Black said on Sunday. “In simplest terms, blood clot in the arm, had it dissolved and from what happens today moving forward, I’ll be kept abreast of what happens. That’s as far as I know.”"
We’ll have to see how Parsons will be used for the Rockies but considering how little depth the Rockies have, particularly with Oberg to the injured list, it’s a low risk claim to provide the Rockies with some bullpen depth and perhaps, if he pitches well, Parsons could find himself being used more often in the weeks and potentially years to come.