McGee is likely to be affected by the new three-batter minimum after allowing a .326/.390/.663 slash line to right-handed hitters in 2019, PurpleRow.com reports.
McGee wasn't exclusively utilized as a left-handed specialist last year and the new rule likely will keep it that way, but his struggles against righties figure to present issues for manager Bud Black. The veteran southpaw is under contract for $9.5 million in 2020 and has a $9 million vesting option for 2021, and he'll likely need a strong spring training to have a chance of seeing any high-leverage work early on.
McGee took the loss in relief Tuesday against the Astros after giving up a two-run home run in his lone inning of work.
McGee entered the contest in the seventh inning with no outs and the tying run on second base and was unable to preserve the Rockies' narrow lead. After getting Michael Brantley to ground out, the lefty served up the go-ahead blast to Yuli Gurriel, which ultimately held up as the difference. Even after the disappointing showing, McGee still maintains a 1.89 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 19 innings, which should keep him firmly in the Rockies' late-inning mix.
McGee (knee) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
McGee made three rehab appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque over the couple weeks, clearing the way for his return after he suffered the left knee sprain at the start of April. The 32-year-old figures to start out in a low-leverage role after missing the past six weeks.
McGee (knee) is slated to make his third rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
The lefty reliever has been on the injured list since early April due to a sprained left knee and could require additional rehab appearances beyond Tuesday before the Rockies activate him. He worked an inning in both of his first two outings with Albuquerque, conceding one run on three hits and two walks while failing to strike out a batter.
McGee (knee) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Albuquerque, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
McGee has been on the injured list since the start of April after suffering a left knee sprain in his second outing of the season. The 32-year-old figures to need at least a few games with the Isotopes after missing game action for the past month.
McGee (knee) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment early next week, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
McGee has been sidelined for most of April with a left knee sprain. The southpaw recently resumed sprinting and is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before embarking on a minor-league rehab assignment shortly thereafter, assuming everything goes as planned.
McGee (knee) will be reevaluated in one week, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
McGee has been sidelined for most of April with a left knee sprain. After resting for two weeks, the southpaw has been cleared to play catch and resume strengthening exercises, which he'll do for about a week before determining the next step in his recovery.
McGee was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain Tuesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
McGee left Monday's game against the Rays with the injury and will be out until at least April 12. Carlos Estevez will take his place in the bullpen.
McGee exited Monday's game against Tampa Bay with a knee issue and is set for further evaluation, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
McGee stated that his knee "felt kind of funny," which ultimately led to the decision to remove him from the contest. Initial tests showed no loss in strength in the knee, although the Rockies will run more tests Tuesday morning to uncover the true extent of the injury.
McGee exited Monday's game against the Rays with an apparent left knee injury, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
It appears to be an aggravation of a previous injury, as McGee was seen pointing to his left knee and was looked at by a trainer before throwing a test pitch and needing to exit the contest. He was off to a solid start to the season, with no earned runs and three strikeouts in his two relief appearances.
McGee has given up seven hits and five earned runs in his five innings of work in Cactus League play this spring.
Colorado gave McGee a three-year, $27 million contract after a solid 2017, but he struggled to live up to the billing, posting a bloated 6.49 ERA over 51.1 innings last season. Things haven't gone much better for him so far this spring, with the five earned runs leaving him with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. The 32-year-old gave up 10 home runs last season after yielding just four in 2017, so he'll need to cut down on the long balls in order to turn it around this season.
McGee (1-3) took the loss Tuesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk against the Diamondbacks. He did not record an out.
McGee was tasked with holding a 2-1 lead to start the top of the seventh, but he allowed a double and a home run after a leadoff walk before getting the hook. It's been a difficult season for the lefty, as he's now holding a 6.06 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 32.2 innings.
McGee allowed one run on two hits while picking up his first save of the season in a 6-4 win over the Mets on Thursday. He also recorded one strikeout.
Both Wade Davis and Adam Ottavino pitched in three of the last four days, so it appears neither was available for Thursday's contest. McGee has seen just two save chances this season, blowing the first attempt back in April. With a 5.34 ERA in 28.2 innings, his save opportunities will remain few and far between.
McGee navigated two scoreless innings in his most recent appearance Saturday, allowing one hit and striking out a batter.
McGee has been snakebitten by home runs a bit this season, as he's already served up as many homers this year as he did all of last season. His 7.1 K/9 is also down from last season. Interestingly, it seems like McGee is struggling more with lefties, as they are hitting .320 off of him this season (as opposed to righties, who are batting .208 against him). Perhaps a decrease in velocity is to blame for this regression, as his average fastball speed is more than two miles per hour lower than last season.
McGee was hit for two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in Wednesday's win against the Padres.
The lefty opened the season with three consecutive flawless appearances, so even this shaky outing leaves his early numbers in a good place. McGee has collected four strikeouts in 3.2 innings to begin the season. This strong start has him primed to be one of the top arms behind closer Wade Davis.
McGee has made three appearances in Cactus League action, allowing one run on three hits and three walks over 2.2 innings. He's struck out three batters.
The southpaw has been rarely seen in exhibition play, but by all accounts McGee is fully healthy and will be ready for Opening Day. He re-signed with the Rockies on a three-year deal in mid-December and is primed to serve as the top lefty setup man for Wade Davis. McGee's experience closing games for the team in the past likely gives him the edge over Bryan Shaw as the next man up if Davis were to get hurt.
McGee will remain with the Rockies after signing a three-year deal Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Pending a physical, McGee will be back in the Colorado bullpen for the third straight year, and could potentially be the club's closer for the 2018 season. That obviously depends on whether the Rockies are able to sign other relievers before the start of next season, but McGee is a solid candidate to take over that role following a good season in 2017. During this past year, he posted a 3.61 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 57.1 innings, while accumulating three saves and 20 holds. His 58:16 K:BB was more in line with his remarkable final two seasons in Tampa Bay than his rough debut with the Rockies in 2016.
McGee finished the regular season with a 3.61 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 in 57.1 innings pitched.
After a disastrous debut in Colorado, the southpaw bounced back with a solid season. It's certainly not the elite stat line he produced during his time with Tampa Bay, but it was enough to grab many of the high-leverage innings for the Rockies. He'll be blocked for saves if Greg Holland comes back on his player option, but McGee is valuable in leagues that count holds after he put up 20 holds, his highest mark in the category since 2013.
McGee earned his third save of the season in Sunday's victory over the Braves.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com reported that Greg Holland, Colorado's usual closer, wouldn't be used in Sunday's game so that he could throw a bullpen session. As a result, McGee picked up a save for the second consecutive day. Holland has struggled recently, as he's allowed eight runs over his last four appearances (2.2 innings). However, the team has yet to remove Holland from his duties as closer, so it's unlikely that McGee will consistently see save opportunities moving forward. He's still worth a speculative fantasy pickup, though, for the possibility the Rockies make a change.
McGee retired two hitters to earn his second save Saturday against the Braves.
McGee came on in the ninth inning after the Braves had scored two runs to pull within a single run of the Rockies, but he was able to close out the contest on just three pitches. This was a rare save opportunity for a reliever who's collected 16 holds on the year.
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