Adam Ottavino RP COL 2 Months

Rockies manager Walt Weiss on Thursday wouldn't rule out the possibility of Adam Ottavino eventually seeing time in the closer role "down the road."

"I wouldn't rule it out," Weiss said. "There's enough stuff - he's been dominant this year. He's one of those wipeout right-handed relievers. So he's a great matchup guy. But he certainly has the stuff to, down the road, pitch in that role." The common thought has been that if the Rockies made a change at closer, Rex Brothers would be the one to replace LaTroy Hawkins. However, it could be Ottavino, who has shared setup duties with Brothers and has been the team's best reliever this season, posting a 1.40 ERA and 18/2 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings.

Adam Ottavino RP COL May 24 '13

Adam Ottavino boasts a 2.01 ERA over 22 1/3 relief innings for the Rockies.

Ottavino has pitched exceedingly well as a swingman, posting a 24/5 K/BB rate and 1.12 WHIP in 14 appearances. As a 27-year-old, he appears likely to remain in the majors over the duration of an entire season for the first time in his career.

Adam Ottavino RP COL May 20 '12

Rockies recalled RHP Adam Ottavino from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Ottavino struck out four over 2 2/3 perfect innings earlier this month with the Rox. He'll work in middle relief.

Adam Ottavino RP COL May 09 '12

Rockies optioned RHP Adam Ottavino to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He was cleared to make room for Wednesday's starter Christian Friedrich on the active roster. Ottavino was just called up from the minors over the weekend and struck out four over 2 2/3 innings during his brief stay with the big club. He'll likely be back at some point.

Adam Ottavino RP COL May 05 '12

Rockies recalled RHP Adam Ottavino from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Ottavino was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals in April and posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 appearances with Colorado Springs. The 26-year-old figures to function in middle relief with the Rockies.

Adam Ottavino RP COL Apr 03 '12

Rockies claimed RHP Adam Ottavino off waivers from the Cardinals; optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

That didn't take long. Ottavino was pushed off the Cards' 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon, but found a new home within hours. He had a 4.85 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 120/71 K/BB ratio in 141 innings last year at Triple-A.

Adam Ottavino RP COL Mar 30 '12

Cardinals designated RHP Adam Ottavino for assignment.

Ottavino made the switch from starter to reliever this spring, but he posted a 13.50 ERA in three appearances and was quickly sent to minor league camp. The former first-round pick has passed through waivers unclaimed before, but he was dealing with a shoulder ailment the first time around. There's a decent chance he gets claimed this time.

Adam Ottavino RP COL Mar 12 '12

Adam Ottavino left Monday's split-squad game against the Nationals after being hit in the right calf by a line drive off the bat of Corey Brown.

Ottavino was running up against his pitch count at the time, so Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny planned to pull him from the game if Brown reached base, anyway. The issue is considered minor.

Adam Ottavino RP COL Feb 25 '12

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms the Cardinals will move former first-round pick Adam Ottavino to the bullpen this season.

"There are a lot of guys with more experience, but I think my stuff plays really well in that role," Ottavino said. "I have to turn that into a reality. I have to compete. I'm not going to shy away from anything." Ottavino, who was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster this offseason, posesses the skill-set to flourish in late-inning responsibility. He figures to see an increase in velocity coming out of the bullpen.

Adam Ottavino RP COL Dec 02 '11

The Cardinals will move former first-round pick Adam Ottavino to the bullpen in 2012.

It's a move that's long overdue. Ottavino, who was added to the 40-man roster last month, has consistently thrown in the mid-90s as a starter, but his pitch counts would often rise early, making him a five-inning pitcher most nights. He should see a minor uptick in velocity with a move to the bullpen, and he has a usable breaking pitch, as well. The 26-year-old will add more depth to an already-loaded collection of right-handed bullpen arms for the Cards.