Edgar Gonzalez, Millwood join Rockies, Stewart optioned, Lindstrom on DL
The Colorado Rockies added right-handed pitchersand Edgar Gonzalez to their roster. To make room, they optioned third baseman to Triple-A Colorado Springs and placed reliever on the 15-day disabled list.
As a result of the moves, the Rockies have a full 40-man roster.
Millwood, 36, signed to a major league contract and will start Wednesday night at Cincinnati in the turn that had been occupied by. Gonzalez, 28, last pitched in the majors on Sept. 27, 2009, as a member of the A’s. He also pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2003-2008 and has a career record in the big leagues of 14-25 with a 5.88 ERA in 106 games, including 41 starts.
Gonzalez has pitched at Tampa Bay’s Triple-A Durham affiliate this season and Colorado Springs after signing a minor league contract with the Rockies on June 9. The Rockies purchased his contract from Colorado Springs. Gonzalez went 3-3, 4.56 in 11 starts for Durham and is 3-3, 4.82 in 11 starts for the Sky Sox. He last pitched on Saturday and will give the Rockies bullpen depth and, in particular, a long reliever if needed should Millwood run into early trouble against the Reds tonight in his first appearance in the majors since Sept. 29, 2010, with the Orioles.
Stewart, 26, who was the Rockies Opening Day third baseman, has had three tours totaling 48 games with them this season and is hitting .156 (19-for-122) with six doubles, six RBI and 14 runs scored with 37 strikeouts. He has a .243 on-base percentage and .221 slugging percentage. Stewart went hitless in his first 22 at-bat with runners in scoring position and is 3-for-30 in those situations.
During Stewart’s most recent tour with the Rockies, which began July 5, he has gone 13-for-75 (.173) with five doubles, five RBI and 11 runs scored. Managerput Stewart in the lineup for 10 straight games 13 of the first 14 after he rejoined the Rockies, but Stewart was unable get untracked. He has started one of the past five games and three of the past 10, and Stewart’s future with the Rockies is very much in doubt.
Lindstrom, 31, last pitched on Friday. The club said he’s going on the disabled list with a nerve injury in his upper right arm. In 50 games this season, Lindstrom is 2-1, 2.89 with 44 hits allowed and 11 walks in 43 2/3 innings and 30 stikeouts. This is Lindstrom’s third time on the disabled list