The Rockies made the expected activation of Kyle Freeland from the injured list on Monday so that he could start the game against the Brewers Monday night. DJ Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to open a roster spot.
Freeland, 25, was placed on the injured list April 22 with a blister on his left middle finger. It was his second career stint on the IL, having been sidelined Aug. 5-15, 2017 with a left groin strain.
Freeland goes into the game in Milwaukee with a 2-3 record and 4.23 ERA. He has walked 10 and struck out 30 in 27 2/3 innings over five starts. In his start before being placed on the IL, Freeland pitched six scoreless innings against the Phillies. Freeland finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting last season, setting a club single-season record with a 2.85 ERA, and a Coors Field record with a 2.40 ERA at home.
The 29-year-old Johnson made his big-league debut last September, and with Antonio Senzatela and Chris Rusin on the Injured List to open the season, Johnson found himself on the Opening Day roster. In 12 bullpen appearances, Johnson was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, striking out nine but also walking nine in 9 2/3 innings..