ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Rockies left-handed reliever Jake McGee, who came out of Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a balky left knee, was placed on the injured list Tuesday with a left knee sprain. Carlos Estevez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the bullpen void.
Estévez, 26, appeared in nine Spring Training games before being optioned to Triple-A on March 23, compiling a 1.08 ERA with five walks and 13 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.
Estevez had a limited workload in 2018 with Albuquerque, pitching in 28 games and compiling a 6.35 ERA, after opening that season on the disabled list with an elbow strain.
He did appear in 98 games with the Rockies during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, going 8-7 with a 5.36 ERA. He struck out 90 in 87 1/3 innings, but also walked 42.
McGee becomes the third pitcher, fourth player, to be placed on the disabled list already this year. Right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela (infected right heel) and left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin (upper back stiffness) opened the season on the injured list,
First baseman Daniel Murphy suffered a broken finger on his left hand diving for a ball on Friday, resulting in him being placed to the injured list on Saturday.