Germen picked up his first save of the season Saturday against the Diamondbacks, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out one over an inning and one-third. Germen came into the game in the eighth inning to stop the bleeding after Chad Qualls struggled through two-thirds of an inning, but thanks to a four-run eighth inning, the 28-year-old was able to scour an unexpected save after pitching the ninth as well. Don't expect too many more saves going forward, though, especially considering his ERA still sits at a lofty 4.18 and the fact that Jake McGee (knee) will be returning from the disabled list in the not-too-distant future.
Germen holds a 1.88 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 14.1 innings out of the Colorado bullpen this season. Out of all the arms in the Rockies bullpen, Germen has been one of the most pleasant surprises, as he hadn't held an ERA below 3.93 in his big league career until now. His 12:7 K:BB ratio leaves something to be desired, but his 93.3 percent strand rate greatly makes up for that blemish. This success is hardly sustainable considering his low strikeout rate and the abnormally low .220 BABIP he's holding opposing hitters to, but the 28-year-old could garner a bit more usage out of the bullpen if he can continue to get batters out like he has been doing.
Germen was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. The Rockies made six roster moves ahead of Friday's series opener against the Dodgers, adding Germen, Carlos Estevez and starter Jon Gray to the active roster. Germen has started the year off well in the minors, posting a 7:1 K:BB without allowing an earned run in six innings. He figures to provide length in the middle innings for the time being.
Manager Walt Weiss indicated Saturday that Germen will begin the season in the minors, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. Germen joined the Rockies in spring training as a non-roster invitee, but his bid for a roster spot fell short. The 28-year-old did all he could (1.80 ERA 1.50 WHIP with nine strikeouts in 10 innings) to grab a spot in the bullpen, but others in a similar situation also had success. He now appears set to serve in an organizational depth role, but could have his contract purchased later in the season should further injuries occur.
Germen received an invitation to spring training Thursday. Germen compiled a 4.42 ERA in 38.2 innings with the Cubs and Rockies last season, so unless he can vastly improve his pitching, it'll be tough to crack the 25-man roster.