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.
Rockies reliever Gonzalez Germen worked around a hit and a walk in the bottom of the 16th inning early Wednesday morning against the Dodgers to claim his first save of the season. Germen was the 13th and final pitcher the Rockies used in the game, setting a franchise record. The save opportunity came about for Germen after regular closer John Axford coughed up a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Rockies recalled pitcher Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, per SB Nation. Germen had a 4.63 ERA in seven relief appearances and one start in a previous stint with the Rockies this year. He had a 2.70 ERA in Albuquerque.
Making the first big-league start of his career, Rockies right-hander Gonzalez Germen held the Braves to one hit over three scoreless innings of work. He walked one and struck out one, but did not stick around long enough to factor in the decision, as the Rockies went on to win 5-3.
With David Hale no longer an option to start on Friday, the Rockies will turn to right-hander Gonzalez Germen to make the start against the Braves, according to MLB.com. The Rockies claimed Germen off waivers from the Cubs on Tuesday, but he has not pitched since July 2 with Triple-A Iowa. Germen has never started a big-league game in his three-year career, and his last minor-league start came in 2012 when he was in the Mets' system. Hale, who was originally scheduled to start on Friday, was forced into action on Thursday after a two-hour rain delay knocked Kyle Kendrick from the game. Hale eventually left that game with a groin strain.