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Rockies activate Jeff Francis, promote Tyler Colvin

Jun 8, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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The Rockies have added starter Jeff Francis back to the roster from the 15-day disabled list. Francis had missed three weeks with a strained left groin. In eight starts, the lefty had a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings of work. He will start tonight against the Padres, opposing Eric Stults.

In a corresponding move, the Rockies designated starter Jon Garland for assignment, per Troy Renck. They had signed the right-hander to a Minor League contract at the end of March and broke camp with him, but he did not fare well in his first time back in the Majors since 2011. The 33-year-old Garland posted a 5.82 ERA in 68 innings spanning 12 starts.

Renck also reports that Tyler Colvin is with the team today from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he had a .919 OPS in 226 trips to the plate. The Rockies have optioned Josh Outman, currently sitting on a 4.94 ERA, to make room for Colvin on the roster.

  1. tuberippin - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    What’s that? A soft-tossing starter like Jon Garland struggled in the thin air of Colorado? You don’t say.

    Can’t believe it took Colorado that long to recall Colvin, either. I don’t know what the Rockies are doing sometimes.

    • ezthinking - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      The thin air isn’t Garland’s problem. Witness his 1-4 record and 5.73 era on the road. Oh, and he gave up 6 hr on the road compared to 3 at home. He threw two less innings on the road.

      And play Colvin ahead of who? Fowler, Gonzales, or Cuddyer. Maybe he should play first with his disaster of a glove ahead of Helton who is on a tear .360 with 2 jacks and 6 RBI in the last week or Pacheco who’s hitting .280. That makes sense.

      • tuberippin - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:19 AM

        Pacheco is a utility IF. He’s hitting .280, but it’s hollow. Also, small sample size with Helton. 360 in the past week, .258 on the year, .238 last year. You’re telling me Colvin couldn’t produce better than Helton or Pacheco? No, he can’t field, but that’s negated to an extent by playing 1B, and he had an .858 OPS last year.

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