Estevez allowed one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one over one inning in Friday's spring win over Cleveland. Estevez came on during the ninth inning of Friday's Cactus League matchup and gave up a home run to lead off the inning, but he retired the next two batters before striking out Beau Taylor to end the game. The right-hander has made six relief appearances this spring and has allowed 10 runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings.
Estevez and the Rockies agreed to a one-year, $1.45 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Esteven struggled to a 7.50 ERA in 24 innings of relief last season. A .380 BABIP can seemingly be blamed for a fair portion of his struggles, however, as his 23.3 percent strikeout rate and 7.8 percent walk rate were both acceptable numbers.
Estevez (1-2) failed to record an out while allowing one run on two hits in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Padres. Estevez gave up a leadoff single to Greg Garcia, who was replaced by pinch runner Jorge Mateo. A Jurickson Profar walkoff double was enough for the lone run of the contest, which gave Estevez the loss. He's now given up 10 runs over 3.2 innings across his last five appearances. The poor performances have taken Estevez out of the closer conversation -- Daniel Bard appears to have a firm grasp on that role for now. Through 19.2 innings, Estevez has a 6.41 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 20 strikeouts to go with six holds and a save.
Estevez logged two perfect innings while striking out two in Thursday's loss to the Astros. He came in for the eighth inning with the Rockies trailing 10-7 and finished out the game without allowing a hit or a walk. Estevez was hit on his throwing hand by a line drive earlier in the week and X-rays were negative. He seems to have the slight edge over Daniel Bard in the current closer committee, having last saved a game Aug. 16 after Bard gave up a run.
The X-rays on Estevez's right hand came back negative Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Estevez's right hand was hit by a line drive on the final play of Sunday's contest and appeared to be in considerable pain when leaving the field. "It looks like we dodged a bullet," manager Bud Black said Monday. The right-hander traveled with the team to Houston for the current series, but it's unclear whether he'll be available Monday. Estevez could compete for closing duties with Daniel Bard and Jairo Diaz after Black said Sunday that the team wouldn't use a designated closer in the coming games.
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