Rockies recall Billings, place De La Rosa on DL
The Colorado Rockies formally placedon the 15-day disabled list with a torn left ulnar collateral ligament and recalled right-handed reliever from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Billings, a 30th-round pick by the Rockies in 2007 draft, is 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA at Triple-A Colorado Springs in his first full season as a reliever. Billings started throughout his minor league career until reaching Double-A Tulsa, where he was converted a reliever after 14 starts in 2010.
The Rockies likely elected to go with Billings over left-handerbecause the stay is expected to be short. , who was originally scheduled to make a spot start Saturday before the team decided to bring up for a look, will work as the long man in the bullpen but is unavailable Wednesday. Billings will provide an extra arm until Nicasio is recalled Saturday.
The Rockies will make another round of moves with the pitching staff next week whenis expected to rejoin the team.