The Rockies activated Givens (back) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. A back strain had Givens out since June 15. The righty held opponents scoreless in each of his last seven appearances and boasts a 2.78 ERA through 22.2 innings this season. Ben Bowden was optioned in a corresponding move.
Givens (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Givens resumed playing catch last week, and he'll make rehab appearances Thursday and Friday. The right-hander has been on the injured list with a left lower back strain since June 17, but he could return to Colorado's bullpen in the near future if his rehab games go well.
Givens (back) was cleared to begin playing catch Tuesday, MLB.com reports. The light throwing marks the first meaningful step forward for Givens since he was shut down last week with a left lower-back strain. Rockies manager Bud Black suggested that the reliever could soon be ready to begin throwing off a mound, which would give Givens an outside chance of returning from the injured list before the end of June.
Givens was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left lower back strain Thursday. Givens hadn't allowed any runs in seven innings across his last seven relief appearances, and he had picked up holds in each of his last three outings. The severity of the injury isn't yet known, and it's unclear whether he'll need to spend more than the 10-day minimum on the injured list. Right-hander Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
Givens (1-2) allowed two runs on a hit, two walks and a hit-by-pitch over two-thirds of an inning in a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. He struck out none and was also charged with a blown save. Daniel Bard had pitched three of the last four days, so Givens got the call for a save opportunity and promptly made a mess of it. A passed ball with the bases loaded allowed Tucker Barnhart to score the game-tying run. Givens was relieved by Jordan Sheffield, whose wild pitch led to another run tacked onto Givens' line. The 31-year-old has a 4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB across 15.2 innings this year. He's added three holds and a 1-1 record in 17 outings.
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