Rockies recall Garner, option Mortensen to Triple-A
The Colorado Rockies recalled outfielderfrom Triple-A Colorado Springs and made room for him on the roster by optioning pitcher to the Sky Sox.
Because of the addition of left-handeron Sunday, the Rockies still have seven relievers on their 12-man pitching staff. And Garner gives the Rockies outfield depth with recovering from a right wrist contusion sustained Sunday when he banged into the wall at Coors Field.
Garner, 26, has never played in the majors. In 36 games for Colorado Springs this season, Garner, who was recently sidelined with a sprained left middle finger, is hitting .340 with seven homers and 29 RBI. Garner also has a .376 on-base percentage and a .567 slugging percentage. He has eight walks and 35 strikeouts in 150 at-bats.
The Rockies drafted Garner in the 26th round in 2003 out of La (Calif.) Quinta High School where his teammates included Sky Sox third basemanand Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy.
Mortensen, 25, has had two stints with the Rockies this season and is 2-4, 3.86 in 16 games, including six starts, the last on June 6. Mortensen moved into a long relief role whenreturned to the rotation. After making relief appearances on April 18 and 24, Mortensen was optioned to Colorado Springs on April 29.
The Rockies recalled Mortensen on May 7 for what turned out to be a stay that lasted nearly two months and saw him pitch in 14 games. Mortensen gave up seven hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday in a 16-8 loss to the Royals. He threw 59 pitches in that outing and wasn’t going to be available for a couple days. So with Stults having been added to the bullpen, the Rockies brought up Garner to restore their roster to 13 position players and a five-man bench.