Rockies option Johnson, recall Mortensen for depth

April 18, 2011 | 2:15 pm | 17  

The Colorado Rockies have optioned Alan Johnson to Triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled right-hander Clayton Mortensen.

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 Ubaldo Jimenez, who will be activated and start that night.



  • rockymountainhigh | April 18, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Mortensen over Daley? Maybe cuz Mortensen will be optioned back tomorrow and there’s a 10-day wait before you can bring him back. So maybe that’s why they are keeping Daley down so he can be available immediately.

  • Jaredean | April 18, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Why not Matt Daley??? Or Brothers? Both are legit! Is it a long relief thing?

  • Wayne | April 18, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    RMH, that is exactly why it wasn’t Daley. They know that this is a short term one night thing and if they need a pitcher in the next 10 days Daley makes more sense. I keep waiting for the Stewart move.

  • Steve Foster | April 18, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    That’s exactly the reason. If the Rockies were to lose a pitcher to injury, Matt Daley and Rex Brothers are first in line. Mortensen is likely here for a day as insurance.

    For those wondering about Smith, have seen anything other than he’s not in the lineup. But that the Rockies haven’t made a move to bring in an outfielder suggests that it’s not a serious injury.

  • Jaredean | April 18, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Ah, ok. Makes sense (rmh posted his as I was typing. That’s why I didn’t see it)

  • Jaredean | April 18, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    The 24.75 ERA just scares me

    So, this “line-up” you make reference too…care to share?


  • Steve Foster | April 18, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Mortensen’s ERA is a bit fluky. Really just one start.

    Lineup is posted in Whaddya think? Same lineup as Sunday only with Spilly in place of Smith.

  • Steve Foster | April 18, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    And Iannetta back in place of Morales.

  • Jaredean | April 18, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    Man, I gotta refresh pages before asking you questions again :-)

  • Bill | April 18, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    It’s great that the Rockies AAA club is so close and they can make these quick moves. I would think Mortensen will be driving south on I-25 tomorrow morning. I’m sure he’s here only if we need long relief tonight so let’s hope he doesn’t pitch.

    I’m guessing the reason why we haven’t seen Daley is almost every relief pitcher is pitching well. Even Frankie Morales. Paulino has a super high ERA but that’s mainly that one bad stint on Friday night. I would think they would give him a few more shots before they consider moving him. Does anybody know (Steve?) if Paulino has options left?

  • Julian | April 18, 2011 | 5:34 pm

    Paulino is out of options.

  • matt | April 18, 2011 | 9:14 pm

    Kid saved the bullpen tonight….after the way esmil pitched tonight, im not sure who should be making the drive south.

  • progmatinee | April 18, 2011 | 9:17 pm

    stewart, ey2, and rogers for Michael Young. do it and never look back.

  • Karl | April 18, 2011 | 9:24 pm

    Great job by Clay M tonight. Well done to save the bullpen and the team. Have to give credit to the Freak tonight. Don’t like it, but he pitched very well and bats were cold. Better luck tomorrow.

  • progmatinee | April 18, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    The kid did look very good mopping the mess up. I am sure everyone let out a sigh of relief to not have to burn arms in a blow out.

  • Bill | April 18, 2011 | 10:47 pm

    I wouldn’t send Rogers down to minors quite yet. He pitched one very good game, one ok game and one lousy game. I think even Sandy Koulfax and Randy Johnson had bad games.

    But it’s nice to know that there is help in the minors. Both Reynolds and Mortensen have made their case. Johnson not so much. I think that Rogers and Hammel will know that they have to pitch well most of the time or their spot isn’t guaranteed.

    Got to keep in mind that even if Rogers pitched a decent game we probably would have lost. The Freak was that good tonight. The weather was kind of reminiscent of the night Nomo no-hit the Rockies here.

  • rockymountainhigh | April 19, 2011 | 12:33 am

    Nice to have a good problem for once – plenty of depth for our starting rotation; kudos to the Rox organization for getting G Reynolds, Alan Johnson, and Mortensen ready for spot callups.