Estevez landed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right middle finger Monday. The move was made retroactive to Friday, so Estevez can return as soon as next Monday. It's not yet clear if he's expected to do so. Sam Hilliard was recalled in a corresponding move.
Estevez allowed one run (none earned) on one hit and also struck out one over one inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Giants. Estevez entered the game in the 10th inning with a three-run lead after Daniel Bard blew a save chance one inning earlier. He surrendered a leadoff single to begin the frame -- allowing the runner starting on second to score -- but struck out the next batter he faced before inducing a double play to end the game. It's not clear that Estevez would be next in line for saves should Bard continue to struggle, as Robert Stephenson and Mychal Givens were both unavailable after being used earlier in the game.
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.
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