ARLINGTON – The Colorado Rockies have announced their September call-ups and a move to the injured list.
Jon Gray (right forearm tightness) is head to the 10-day injured list. That is a complete turnaround from what Rockies manager Bud Black told the media, including Rox Pile, about 20 hours ago when he said that he was “encouraged” and “very optimistic” that the Gray would make his scheduled start on Thursday in the first game of a seven-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves after Gray felt well after his side session on Tuesday.
However, something has obviously changed since then. We have not received official word from the Rockies on why that has changed so we will update this article as we receive more info.
Gray left his start after just two innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier on the team’s road trip last Saturday.
The Colorado Rockies have recalled three pitchers from Triple-A.
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As a corresponding move for Gray and part of the two extra roster spots added for the month of September, the Colorado Rockies have recalled relievers Antonio Santos, Justin Lawrence, and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Julian Fernández.
The Rockies made Antonio Santos, 24, a full-time reliever after just two starts in the minor leagues this year. In the majors, he has seven relief appearances and an ERA of 4.76. He has been much less successful in Triple-A Albuquerque as in 28 appearances (including the two starts), he has an ERA of 8.39.
Lawrence, 26, made his MLB debut earlier this season for the Rockies. In 18 relief appearances, he has an ERA of 7.16 ERA but a 4.20 FIP, suggesting he has had some bad luck. He has had much better results in Albuquerque as in 22 relief appearances, he has an ERA of 4.37.
Julian Fernández, 25, has split the 2021 season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque. He has a combined ERA of 2.53 in 44 relief appearances between the two levels, including a 0.64 ERA in Albuquerque (14 games). Fernández was out for the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to Tommy John surgery and with the pandemic in 2020 canceling the minor league season, he had not appeared in a professional since 2017.
We will have updates to the article as we receive them.