Rockies option Johnson, recall Mortensen for depth
The Colorado Rockies have optioned Alan Johnson to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled right-hander.
Mortensen, who the Rockies acquired from the Oakland Athletics in the offseason, will be in uniform and available Monday against the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies needed an extra arm after the bullpen picked up five innings in Sunday’s 9-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Mortensen has made two starts and has a 24.75 ERA in four innings, but he was pulled early from his start last Thursday in case he was needed by the Rockies over the weekend and stayed in Colorado Springs rather than travel to Reno with the Sky Sox.
Johnson allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings Sunday. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three in his major-league debut while throwing 93 pitches, 53 strikes.
Mortensen’s stay could be brief, since the Rockies have to make a move to clear a spot Tuesday on the 25-man roster for, who will be activated and start that night.