Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 hours ago
Marte drew a game-winning, bases-loaded walk Wednesday against the Marlins.
The walk was just his 10th in 169 at-bats, but it points toward continued maturity at the plate. Marte's OPS (.829) has been trending down since peaking May 20 (.877), but he does have a homer in five career at-bats versus Friday starter Ian Kennedy.
David Hale P COL 3 hours ago
Hale was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque earlier this week.
The Rockies didn't immediately send Hale back to Albuquerque after his excellent start in the second half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Giants, but with no open spot on the 25-man roster, the team ultimately couldn't keep him around. While it looks like Hale will have to bide his time at Triple-A a little while longer, his competent spot start should put him at the top of the list for a promotion if another injury should strike the Rockies' rotation.
Pedro Alvarez 1B/3B PIT 3 hours ago
Alvarez hit a game-tying, pinch-hit single to left field Wednesday against the Marlins.
For the third straight game, he collected an opposite-field hit. Alvarez's .814 OPS in 137 at-bats also represents his best mark in six seasons. He holds an 18:37 BB:K ratio, better than the 48:186 mark of two years ago. All signals point toward a strong campaign from the first baseman, who has nine homers and 22 RBI, but predicting Alvarez's path has never been easy.
LaTroy Hawkins RP COL 3 hours ago
Hawkins (right biceps inflammation) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Hawkins experienced no issues during the session and will throw again in Philadelphia over the weekend. If that goes well, Hawkins is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment next week, which would put him on track for an early-June return from the DL.
John Axford RP COL 3 hours ago
Axford pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Reds to notch his ninth save of the season.
The save opportunities are starting to pick up for Axford, who has collected three in the last five games alone. While his peripheral numbers don't support his 0.75 ERA, Axford has been able to avoid any ninth-inning blowups thus far and probably has a decent leash on the closing gig at this point.
Brad Ziegler RP ARI 3 hours ago
Ziegler gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks Wednesday, taking the loss and the blown save against the Cardinals.
He gave up a game-tying home run to Jason Heyward and then after a few runners reached, Matt Carpenter scored from third base on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco to win the game in walk-off fashion. Ziegler needs to save games in order to be a fantasy asset, as he does not miss many bats (14 strikeouts in 21.2 innings), so nights like Wednesday are pretty unfortunate. It was just his second blown save of the season and his ERA sits at a very respectable 1.25, so it would seem that he would still be used in save chances going forward, at least in the short term.
Jameson Taillon SP PIT 3 hours ago
Taillon's fastball sat in the mid 90s and touched 97 mph in an extended spring training game against Philadelphia on Thursday, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Taillon continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. At some point the organization will place him with a minor-league team. It's possible -- though a longshot -- that he'll pitch in Pittsburgh in 2015. His innings and pitch count will both be closely monitored, wherever he ends up.
Josh Collmenter SP ARI 4 hours ago
Collmenter labored through five innings Wednesday, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in St. Louis.
He needed 102 pitches (62 strikes) to complete five frames, but still would have been in line for the win prior to Brad Ziegler taking the loss and the blown save in the ninth inning. While most of the damage to Collmenter's 5.05 ERA came in a May 11 start against the Nationals when he gave up nine runs in 1.1 innings, there also have not been many truly bright spots for the righty so far this season. Even in the complete game shutout he threw against the Giants in April, owners walked away from that start with only two strikeouts, so the upside on a start-to-start basis with Collmenter is lacking in the majority of formats.
Garrett Richards SP LAA 4 hours ago
Richards took the loss Wednesday against San Diego, allowing three earned runs on eight hits across 6.2 innings.
Richards dropped to 4-3 on the year and has now factored into the decision in each of his last four starts. Richards has allowed more than three earned runs just once in eight starts, and he's amassed a 3.12 ERA over 52.0 cumulative innings this season.
Carlos Perez C LAA 4 hours ago
Perez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.
Perez continues to split time with Chris Iannetta, and he has not played in back-to-back games in nearly two weeks. Since being called up at the beginning of the month, Perez is hitting .279 (12-for-43) with a pair of doubles and a home run.