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Rockies boot Jason Hammel from rotation in favor of newly-acquired Alex White

Aug 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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The Rockies are ready to begin reaping the rewards of the recent Ubaldo Jimenez trade.

Jim Tracy announced earlier today that Alex White will be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday against the Astros. He’ll take the place of struggling right-hander Jason Hammel, who will move to the bullpen for now.

White was acquired from the Indians last month along with 2010 first-round pick Drew Pomeranz, right-hander Joe Gardner and first baseman-outfielder Matt McBride. The 22-year-old right-hander posted a 3.60 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio over his first three major league starts before going on the disabled list in May with a strained ligament in his right index finger. The 2009 first-round pick struck out four over 7 2/3 shutout innings Thursday in his most recent minor league rehab start with Double-A Tulsa.

Hammel was just blasted for six runs over three innings in a loss to the Dodgers last night. He has an ugly 8.41 ERA and 21/22 K/BB ratio since the All-Star break and a 5.24 ERA for the season. While he is basically throwing at the same velocity this season as he was in 2010, his strikeout percentage has dipped from 18.3 percent to 11.9 percent while his walk percentage has increased from 6.1 percent to 9.7 percent. The 28-year-old right-hander avoided arbitration this winter by signing a two-year, $7.75 million contract. He is owed $4.75 million in 2012.

  1. bigleagues - Aug 20, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I’m still shocked that:

    1) The Indians traded for Ubaldo when they have virtually no shot of going anywhere this year. (And yes I know the trade wasn’t done just for this year).


    2) That the Indians dealt Alex White who arguably has a higher upside than Ubaldo.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      The Indians made one of the worst trades of the summer.

  2. mjay424 - Aug 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Alex White has won in the majors before, although it’s a small sample size, and he’s looked every bit the successful big-league pitcher just on a rehab assignment down in Tulsa.

    He should help the Rockies’ rotation.

    Jason Hammel is not washed up but he’s struggling and not himself right now, which is a very serviceable back-end-of-the-rotation pitcher.

    While I believe White will stick in the rotation based on merit, I also can see Hammel joining it again too as Esmil Rogers, while outstanding one game, also can be batting the practice another.

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