Senzatela (COVID-19 injured list) completed a bullpen session Monday at the Rockies' spring training facility in Arizona and is expected to make a minor-league rehab start this weekend, the Associated Press reports. Senzatela has yet to make his second-half debut after he was placed on the COVID-19 IL on July 16, just hours before he was scheduled to start against the Dodgers. While he's apparently cleared all the protocols, Senzatela will need some additional time to build up his arm following the shutdown. Assuming his rehab start goes as expected, Senzatela should be on track to slot back into Colorado's rotation next week.
Senzatela will no longer start Friday against the Dodgers after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Senzatela was placed on the COVID-19 IL along with three other Colorado players as a result of the league's protocols. Chi Chi Gonzalez will move up a day to start Friday. It's not yet clear if Senzatela has tested positive for the virus or if he could possibly start later in the series if he clears the protocols in time.
Senzatela (2-8) took the loss Wednesday against the Diamondbacks after allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings. All the damage against Senzatela came in the second inning when the Diamondbacks got to him for three runs on four singles and a sacrifice fly before he struck out Josh Rojas to end the frame. The 26-year-old righty went on to toss four more scoreless innings but was stuck with the loss after the Rockies failed to put up a run until the seventh. He's now put up quality outings in three of his last four starts and will head into the All-Star break with a 4.58 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 65:21 K:BB over 94.1 innings.
Senzatela didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's 5-2 win against St. Louis, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. The 26-year-old went toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright in this one as both starters allowed two runs apiece in at least seven innings. The damage against Senzatela was limited to a Paul DeJong second-inning single and Paul Goldschmidt solo home run, as the righty went seven innings for the fourth time in 16 turns. It was a strong opening to July as Senzatela now has a 4.06 ERA in six starts since the beginning of June.
Senzatela yielded four runs (three earned) on seven hits over six innings in Friday's win over the Brewers. He struck out four and did not factor in the decision. Senzatela served up a solo shot to Luis Urias in the third inning. He later coughed up three runs in the fifth, including a two-run double by Jackie Bradley. The 6-foot-1 right-hander has given up 13 runs across 18 innings over his last three outings. He's sporting a 4.83 ERA and a 50:17 K:BB through 76.1 frames this season. Senzatela is projected to get a rematch in Milwaukee next week.
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