It sure has been a week of movement for a team floundering after such a fantastic start. While glimpses of the poor play that earned the Rockies NL West last place last year have been flashed around with absolute abandon, there have been some call-ups that many a fan has been begging for. Here are the moves made this week:
TYLER CHATWOOD UP
It isn’t certain who will be sent down to make room, but it is anticipated that it will be Scahill (see below) when Tyler takes the mound on Saturday. Saturday you say? Why, yes i do say. In what is normally Nicasio’s spot in the lineup, Chatwood will take the game into his hands opposite cry-baby Lincecum. Nicasio, who many thought would be the one sent down to make room for Chatwood after his horrible season continued, was moved to Sunday. Ultimately the person that “gave up” his spot for Chatwood to come up is Jeff Francis.
JEFF FRANCIS DL’d
Francis was in the conversation with Nicasio as the “Player to be Named Sky Sox Bound” after struggling mightily since the home opener. He looked to be safely out of the conversation, and the pitching crappy woods, after his last outing saw him go six innings and only give up 1 run on 3 hits. He took a no-no past the sixth and looked very effective against what many feel is the best team in the majors right now. But, alas, Francis hurt himself and was placed on the 15-day DL with a groin strain.
DJ LEMAHIEU UP
Several fans have been calling for the reappearance of DJ LeMahieu, especially during the “dark hitting ages against the Yankees and Cardinals” took place. LeMahieu has been tearing up the Springs, hitting .364 (52-for-143) with 8 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 22 RBI and 34 runs scored in 33 games. His thanks to the team that called him up on Thursday? A pinch-hit single.
REID BRIGNAC DFA’d
The fact that Brignac was hitting .250 (12-for-48) with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI and 4 runs scored in 29 games wasn’t lost on anyone. Seeming to be the odd-man-out, Sunday lineup candidate or just plain “who?”, Brignac was given a shot to compete and came up short. Well respected in the AL West for his time with Tampa, his time with the Rockies will be short-lived and even shorter in people’s memories.
ROB SCAHILL UP (AND DOWN?)
Rob Scahill could possibly grace this “week of movements” list twice before the week is out. Favored to be the man without a job come game-time Saturday, Scahill was called up with LeMahieu to join the pen after Francis went on the DL. Knowing that someone would be called up to start in a few days, Scahill was given a VERY brief window to show what he could do. In that window he printed the following: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R. Not bad at all. Possibly enough to keep him up and send someone else down (Lopez?).