The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have recalled reliever Jesus Tinoco up as their 29th man for Friday’s doubleheader.
Tinoco, 25, has appeared in five games (7 1/3 innings), allowing only two hits and no runs but he has walked five in the same span. Those five appearances are split between the Rockies and the Miami Marlins.
Last season for the Rockies, Tinoco appeared in 24 games (36 innings) and he pitched to a 4.75 ERA (7.91 FIP). He averaged seven strikeouts and five and a half walks per nine innings.
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The Rockies reacquired Tinoco off waivers from the Marlins earlier this month after they traded him to Miami in mid-August. The Rockies recalled him for a brief period until they sent him back to their alternate training site last Saturday.
Before the Rockies made that move, Rockies manager Bud Black said that Tinoco is “in a group of guys that we’re continuing to keep our eye on as potential fits in our bullpen moving forward in the years to come.”
This morning, we made the case that, considering the current state of the Rockies bullpen and from Black’s quote, the Rockies should keep Tinoco up with the MLB team for the remainder of the season.
The Rockies can still do that depending on if they make roster moves between the games of the doubleheader and/or heading into Saturday since they must reduce their roster size to 28 anyways. Antonio Santos is slated to start game two of the doubleheader so he may be the one sent down after Friday to keep Tinoco on the roster.
For the doubleheader, both games will only be seven innings, due to the new MLB rules for the 2020 season on doubleheaders so if the Rockies can get a good start from Antonio Senzatela in game one, the Rockies could even decide to go with more of a bullpen game in game two.