Gurka was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. The left-handed reliever was able to land a spot on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, but he struggled mightily once the season got underway. He allowed multiple earned runs in each of his first four outings and has only had one scoreless frame in six total appearances. He'll head down to Triple-A to get some extra coaching, but he could be back up with the Rockies the next time they need another lefty out of the bullpen.
Gurka has earned a spot on the Rockies' Opening Day roster. Gurka was in a battle with both Scott Oberg and Brandon Barnes for one of the two remaining spots and finished spring training with a stat line (1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 20:1 K/BB ratio) worthy of making the Opening Day roster. Despite securing a spot in the bullpen, it's unlikely he will serve in anything more than a middle relief role for the Rockies early on, so he can safely be avoided in the majority of fantasy leagues.
Gurka is in the running for one of the final two roster spots, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Right-hander Scott Oberg and outfielder Brandon Barnes are also competing for the two spots. The left-hander has been sharp this spring, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in nine innings. He's also displayed ridiculous command, posting an outstanding 19:1 K/BB ratio. His major league debut did not go well last season, but if the Rockies are simply going off of spring stats, it would be hard to send Gurka to the minors after a performance like this.
Gurka signed a minor league contract with the Rockies on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training. Gurka reached the major leagues for the first time last season with the Rockies, but he had significant struggles as his 9.39 ERA shows. He'll get another shot to prove his worth in major league camp, but he will likely head to the minors after spring training given the upgrades the Rockies have brought into their bullpen.
The Rockies called up pitcher Jason Gurka on Friday and sent down pitcher Tommy Kahnle, reports MLB.com. Meanwhile, the team also designated pitcher Kenny Roberts for assignment.