Howard, Diaz Return to Rockies on Minor League Deals

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Left-hander Sam Howard and right-hander Jairo Diaz are back with the Rockies organization.

Howard, the Rockies’ third-round draft choice in 2014, made his big-league debut last season, working four innings in four appearances, allowing one run on five hits and three walks, striking out one. He made one appearance in June, and then returned in September when rosters were expanded from 25 players to a maximum of 40.

Howard, who turns 26 in March, was removed from the 40-man big-league roster in early December, opening up a roster spot for the Rockies prior to the winter meetings. The spot was later filled by the signing of free agent Daniel Murphy.

With his past history and the fact he returned to the Rockies after being removed from the 40-man roster, Howard is expected to receive a big-league spring training invite.

Diaz, originally signed by the Angels out of his native Venezuela in 2010, joined the Rockies in 20015, and then missed the entire 2016 season with Tommy John surgery. He has appeared in a combined total of 35 games the past two seasons, splitting time with short-season A Boise, High-A Lancaster and Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Howard File

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