The Colorado Rockies added some pitching depth to their 60-man player pool on Thursday afternoon.
Zac Rosscup is back for his third stint with the Colorado Rockies after signing a minor league deal on Thursday. The 32-year-old left-hander pitched in nine games for the Rockies during the 2017 campaign, allowing nine hits in seven innings of work. He came to Colorado that season after being traded by the Chicago Cubs on June 26 for Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, and for the Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Seattle Mariners in 2019. After being selected off waivers from Toronto, he found decent success with Seattle, posting a 3.21 ERA in 19 games (allowing 14 hits in 13 innings).
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In February, Rosscup was signed to a minor league deal by the Rockies but released in June. Now, two months later, he is back with the Rockies again.
Throughout a six-year Major League career, Rosscup has posted a cumulative 5-2 mark and 5.16 ERA in 83.2 innings spread out over 116 games. He has 113 strikeouts during that time.
Rosscup will add left-handed depth for Colorado. Currently, the Rockies have two left-handers on the current active roster (Phillip Diehl and James Pazos). Ben Bowden, a left-hander who was expected to possibly contribute to the Colorado bullpen this season, suffered another injury while rehabbing a back injury at Colorado’s alternate training site. The combination of injuries will likely keep Bowden from making an impact for the Rockies in 2020, and also furthered the need for Colorado to add depth to the bullpen.
Also, the Rockies are currently weighing the severity of a right elbow injury suffered by Joe Harvey after making just nine pitches in an outing at Coors Field against the Houston Astros on August 20. Harvey has been moved to the 45-day injured list and will not see action again this season.