Deduno On DL At Tulsa

June 12, 2009 | 9:16 pm | 2  

Right-hander Samuel Deduno went on the disabled list at Double-A Tulsa with what is described as a mild strained left oblique. The move was made retroactive to June 7, one day after Deduno’s last start.

He is expected to be back throwing next week and miss a total of about two weeks, if all goes well. Opponents are hitting .218 with just three homers in 57 1/3 innings against Deduno, who turns 26 on July 2 is 6-2 with a 2.98 ERA and 30 walks and 50 strikeouts in 11 starts. He had a five-game winning streak and lost for the first time in nine starts in his last outing.

In other minor league news, high Class A Modesto closer Craig Baker was the only member of the 36-24 Nuts to be named to the California League All-Star team that will play the Carolina League all-stars June 23 at Lake Elsinore, Calif.

The Rockies fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Cal-State Northridge, Baker, 24, is 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA and leads the league with 19 saves. He has not allowed a home run in 30 innings and has 12 walks and 30 strikeouts.

Modesto shortstop Hector Gomez, one of the best prospects in the Rockies system, remains sidelined with a strained right groin. He is still taking treatment and has not resumed any baseball activity. Gomez is hitting .278 with four homers, 19 RBI and a .310 on-base percentage. His 2008 season was limited to just the first game with Modesto; Gomez suffered a stress fracture in his left leg in that game and then underwent Tommy John surgery after injuring his right elbow while rehabilitating.

Infielder Danny Sandoval was signed to play at Tulsa in the wake of shortstop Chris Nelson‘s wrist injury. Sandoval, 30, who spent the entire 2004 season with the Drillers, was playing for York in the independent Atlantic League where he hit .191 with three RBI in 31 games.

Right-hander Ching-Lung Lo made his 2009 debut Thursday at Modesto after being sidelined with an inflammed right elbow and gave up two hits, one walk and one run in two-thirds of an inning. Lo spent the past two seasons at Tulsa as a starter. The Rockies would like to see Lo get settled at Modesto and after a period there return to Tulsa and pitch well enough to force the organization to promote him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Reliever Jarrett Grube was sent to Tulsa from Colorado Springs, where he went 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA in 13 games. The move was made to clear a spot Tuesday on the Sky Sox’s roster for pitcher Adam Eaton.

2 Comments »

  • cisco kid | June 13, 2009 | 9:59 am

    Jack- Who replaces Deduno in the Tulsa rotation? Any chance of Friedrich getting the call? How long is Chaz Roe out?

  • Jack Etkin | June 13, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    Cisco,

    Roe, out with a strained left oblique, is scheduled to start June 19 for Tulsa. At about that time, the hope is Deduno will also return. Friedrich could very well get to Tulsa this season but not yet, since he’s only had three starts at Modesto.
    Joey Williamson, who came up from Modesto and started the second game of a doubleheader Thursday likely will make another start. And Brandon Durden, who missed a start, could go back in the rotation when Williamson’s turn next arises.
    So if all goes well, and that’s always a big ‘if’, the rotation could be Chacin, Rogers, Weiser, Deduno and Roe in a couple weeks, five pitchers in the Drillers’ rotation on Opening Day.