Before the Colorado Rockies start their three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, they announced that they have made three roster moves.
Infielder Alan Trejo has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. In a corresponding move, the Rockies have optioned first baseman/outfielder Connor Joe back to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Rockies have also activated left-handed reliever Ben Bowden (shoulder) off the 10-day injured list and optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Trejo, who turned 25 over the weekend, made his MLB debut with the Rockies earlier this season but he was optioned back to Albuquerque to get some more consistent playing time, according to manager Bud Black. However, during his first game back in Albuquerque, he dislocated his finger. He seemed like he would be out for several weeks but, obviously, he has recovered well enough to be recalled.
Trejo is going to be a backup infield option for the team while shortstop Trevor Story is on the 10-day injured list himself with elbow inflammation.
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Joe, 28, is a somewhat surprising option to the minor leagues considering that he has played relatively well for the Rockies. In 52 plate appearances, he has hit .233/.365/.279 with four RBI and nine walks.
Why did the Rockies choose Matt Adams over Connor Joe?
Fans at Coors Field loved him as he received chants louder than any other Rockies player. However, his playing time his been reduced in favor of Matt Adams because he has more service time and he is a left-handed hitter, which the Rockies don’t have outside of him on the bench.
By results, Joe has clearly played better, though, as Adams has hit .167/.259/.208 in 27 plate appearances.
As for Bowden, with him being optioned, the Rockies are still without a left-handed reliever in their nine-man bullpen. Bowden has struggled in his rookie campaign as he has an ERA of 6.39 in 15 appearances with a WHIP of nearly 2.00.
He and fellow rookie left-hander, Lucas Gilbreath, have been the only left-handers in the Rockies bullpen thus far in 2021.
The Rockies take on the Rangers at 6:40 PM M.T. at Coors Field in the first game of a six-game homestand as Germán Márquez takes the hill for the Rockies against Dane Dunning.
We may update this article with more information as it comes.