Update: Anderson on IL With Knee Inflammation; Almonte Recalled from Albuquerque
DENVER – Yency Almonte was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, filling the roster spot opened by the decision to place left-hander Tyler Anderson on the injured list.
Almonte, however, will not fill the vacancy in the rotation on Wednesday against the Braves, when Anderson's spot in the rotation will come up.
"We have some options under consideration," said Black.
The options, however, would seem to be few.
Black said it won't be a "bullpen game," meaning five or six relievers won't share the mound time. He indicated none of the current relievers will be stretched out.
Scratch Antonio Senzatela, who began a rehab option at Albuquerque on Saturday with a four-inning effort. On the disabled list recovering from a heel infection would not have a full four days until Thursday, and Black wants him to see more mound action before being activated.
It would seem most likely to come down to a decision between Jeff Hoffman, who would be pitching on an extra day of rest, and No. 2 ranked prospect Peter Lambert. Hoffman might have the edge because he is more experienced and the Rockies would not want to rush Lambert, who could be ready for the jump to the big leagues on a full-time basis by mid-season.
With Albuquerque just starting it's season on Thursday, Almonte had made only one appearance this year, earning a save on Friday night against Salt Lake, striking out the side in the ninth inning. He made 14 appearances out of the bullpen last year, compiling a 1.84 ERA in 14 appearances, issuing four walks and striking out 14.
A 17th-round draft choice of the Angels in 2012, Almonte was acquired by the Rockies in a Nov. 24, 2015 trade with the White Sox for right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle.
Anderson, 29, was 0-2 with an 11.00 ERA in his first two starts this season, and the decision was made to get the knee issue cleared up before sending him back to the mound.
"It's been off and on for a few weeks," said manager Bud Black. "We thought at this time, `Let's let the inflammation calm down.'"
Anderson is on the injured list for the fifth time, the third time because of a left knee inflammation.
Black, however, pointed out, "Tyler made every start (last year). He took the ball 32 times."
He won't make 32 starts this year.
" The way (the knee) acted up the last couple weeks, we thought it is early in the season so let's not compound the problem," Black said. "Let's let it heal. We felt at this point in time his performance is being compromised."