Senzatela (10-3) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks while striking out just two in Tuesday's home win over San Diego.
This certainly wasn't the worst Coors Field start, but it also wasn't a terribly promising one despite the positive outcome. Senzatela lost his rotation spot in June after an eight-start stretch in which he was tagged for 33 runs in 44.1 innings; he was ultimately demoted, but he's returned after making only one abbreviated appearance in the minors. His home park makes Senzatela a tough roll, but in all truth, he hasn't been that great on the road either.
Senzatela was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
As anticipated, the rookie right-hander will return to the big leagues to fill the rotation spot created by the multiple injuries plaguing the Rockies' rotation. He'll face off with Dinelson Lamet and the Padres as looks to continue his surprisingly strong 2017 campaign.
Senzatela is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
After tossing three innings in relief Saturday when starter Tyler Chatwood (calf) was removed after recording just one out, Kyle Freeland no longer lines up for a start early next week, creating an opening that Senzatela will likely be tabbed to fill. Chatwood ended up being placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, so there could be room in the rotation for both Freeland and Senzatela beyond Tuesday. Senzatela, who had made his last three appearances in relief for the Rockies before being demoted to Albuquerque prior to the All-Star break, has carried a 4.79 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over his 15 starts with the big club on the season.
Senzatela was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday as the Rockies opted to bolster the roster for the final couple games of the first half. Senzatela leads the majors in run support for a starting pitcher, which has allowed him to win nine games despite a 4.63 ERA and below-average 17.6 percent strikeout rate. Even if he does begin the second half in the rotation, he could easily lose that spot to Kyle Freeland or German Marquez, as one of those two will likely start the second half in the bullpen.
Senzatela was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Senzatela will head down to Triple-A as the team continues to manage the 22-year-old's workload. It sounds as though the right-hander will start a game for Albuquerque on July 13 before returning to the big-league rotation five days later. Left-hander Zac Rosscup joins Colorado prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox in a corresponding move.
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