Rockies recall Escalona, option Nelson, Young

July 1, 2011 | 3:54 pm | 3  

The Colorado Rockies have optioned Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr. to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for second baseman Mark Ellis, who was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, and right-handed reliever Edgmer Escalona, who was recalled from the Sky Sox to provide an extra bullpen arm after the Rockies went to extra innings in two of their past three games.

The Rockies will make another move Saturday to recall right-hander Greg Reynolds to start the second game of the series against the Kansas City Royals. Jhoulys Chacin, who was schedule to start, will be pushed to Tuesday due to forearm tightness.

Manager Jim Tracy said Nelson will be the regular second baseman at Colorado Springs, and Young will play the outfield there.

Nelson hit .225 with two home runs and five RBI in 25 games after being recalled on May 29. He started out well after joining the Rockies, hitting .296 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and five RBI in his first 16 games. But after homering in back-to-back games against the Detroit Tigers on June 17 and 18, Nelson was just 2-for-26.

Young hit .229 in 25 games after being recalled on May 27. Young split time between the outfield and second base after joining the Rockies, but lost time as the Rockie went with the Nelson at second base and Charlie Blackmon in the outfield.

Escalona, 24, made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2010 and allowed one run in six innings that covered five appearances. With the Sky Sox this season, Escalona was 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 24 appearances. In 26 1/3 innings, Escalona allowed 22 hits, walked nine and struck out 26.

Ellis, who was hitting .217 with the A’s, will in the starting lineup for the Rockies on Friday.



  • Eric | July 1, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    Go Rockies!!!!

  • Rocky | July 1, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    just re-arranging the deck chairs as the band plays on

  • jerseyboy | July 1, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    This guy is less qualified than both of these guys.I do understand. Only in America. Let’s get our country back! One man at a time. Go Rockies! WT…..