Flande refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque and elected free agency. The lefty was bumped from the 40-man roster over the weekend, and instead of playing out the rest of the season as depth in the minors, Flande has decided to seek his fortunes elsewhere. Flande has averaged just over five strikeouts per nine innings in parts of three seasons at the major league level and his six-year track record at Triple-A leaves a lot to be desired.
Flande was designated for assignment Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Jake McGee's return from the disabled list meant that the Rockies needed to clear a roster spot, and Flande's recent performance put him on the chopping block. After a clean outing against the Diamondbacks last weekend, things fell apart for Flande on Tuesday against the Blue Jays when he gave up a staggering five runs over just 2.2 innings of work. He'll now be subject to waivers and could benefit from joining a club that does not call Coors Field its home park.
Flande was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Flande made his second stay in the majors last year with the Rockies where he made 19 appearances and pitched to a 4.74 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 68.1 innings. He'll now rejoin the organization and add depth to Colorado's bullpen. With Triple-Albuquerque this season, the 30-year-old compiled a 4.25 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 42.1 innings. In a corresponding roster move, Miguel Castro was sent down to Triple-A.
Flande was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday This move was rather expected after manager Walt Weiss said Thursday that the Rockies would be using a four-man rotation to start the season. Flande will work down in the minors for at least the beginning of the year, likely in the Triple-A rotation, and could be one of the first Rockies' arms due for a call-up if Weiss needs to adjust the rotation.
Flande will not be a part of the rotation to start the season after manager Walt Weiss announced that the Rockies will be employing a four-man rotation to start the season, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Flande was pitching well during spring training, but has not appeared in a game in the past week and may be in jeopardy of not making the roster. With this development, the left-hander may end up merely acting as organizational depth after the conclusion of spring training.