Per a team announcement, the Rockies have placed right-hander Noah Davis on the 15-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. In a corresponding move, the club has recalled right-hander Nick Mears from Triple-A Albuquerque.
The loss of Davis is yet another blow to a Rockies rotation that has already lost German Marquez and has been without Antonio Senzatela since the end of last season. That leaves Colorado with just three healthy starters at the moment: Kyle Freeland, Austin Gomber, and Ryan Feltner. As noted by Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette, however, Senzatela could be ready to return to big league action for the next turn through the rotation if his rehab start today goes well.
The 26-year-old Davis has made three starts for the Rockies to mixed results so far this season. While he’s allowed a concerning nine runs (eight earned) over 11 2/3 innings, he’s posted a strong 64.9% groundball rate and dealt with some bad luck as indicated by his allowed BABIP of .417, leaving his FIP at a much more palatable 3.96. With Davis unavailable and Senzatela unlikely to be ready before at the earliest, right-hander Peter Lambert or lefty Logan Allen seem like the most likely options to start Wednesday’s game against the Brewers, when the Rockies will next need another start outside of Gomber, Freeland, and Feltner.
In Davis’s place, the Rockies will turn to the 26-year-old Mears. Mears debuted with the Pirates during the shortened 2020 season and sports a career 4.75 ERA in 30 1/3 innings of work. Mears was claimed on waivers twice over the course of last offseason, first from the Pirates by the Rangers in December, then by the Rockies from the Rangers in January.
I joked about the DBacks bullying this kid, but in all seriousness you never want to hear about arm issues; hopefully this is just a one-off after throwing so many pitches in the 2nd inning.
Am I the only one who thinks 100 losses is coming up?
Am I the only one who thinks 100 losses is coming up?.