Senzatela hadn't been used out of the bullpen for the past week and will have a chance to pick up some meaningful innings at Albuquerque, where he'll likely settle back into a starting role. It's expected that the Rockies will activate Chris Rusin (ribs) from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move to provide the bullpen with another long-relief option. Senzatela or Jeff Hoffman would likely rank as the top candidates to earn a spot start with Colorado if something should happen to one of the five members of the big-league rotation.
Senzatela (2-1) threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to get the win Friday, striking out four while issuing one hit and one walk.
Senzatela came on in relief when starter Tyler Anderson exited in the second with an injury. Senzatela was terrific, allowing only two baserunners across 3.2 innings and driving in the only run on an RBI double. The young right-hander has had a few rough outings which have inflated his ERA, and he's currently sporting a .311 batting average against. Friday's performance was certainly a step in the right direction, but Senzatela figures to remain in a middle-relief role for the time being.
Senzatela could pick up a spot start if Kyle Freeland (heel) is unable to make his next start, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Freeland was hit in the heel by a comebacker in his previous start, but he managed to stay in the game and toss seven scoreless innings. However, the Rockies may want to tread carefully with him and are considering skipping his scheduled start Monday. Enter Senzatela, who was primarily a starter in the past before switching to long relief at the end of last season. The right-hander holds a lofty 7.90 ERA in 13.2 innings of work this season, but he has the ability to work multiple innings and found some success in the majors last season. The Rockies haven't officially announced anything on this front, but things should clear up as Freeland tries to ramp up his activity over the weekend.
Senzatela ceded three runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of relief during Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Padres.
After losing out on a rotation spot in spring training, Senzatela hasn't taken well to the transition to the bullpen. He's been lit up for five runs in 3.2 innings while allowing hitters to reach base at a .389 clip. Senzatela could be at risk of a demotion to Triple-A Albuquerque the next time the Rockies need to make an addition to the 25-man roster.
Senzatela (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits through 2.2 innings to take the loss against Arizona on Friday.
Senzatela entered in the bottom of the third inning after starter Tyler Anderson surrendered seven runs through just 2.1 frames. It wasn't a great night for Colorado hurlers. Pitching out of the bullpen limits Senzatela's fantasy appeal, but if he returns to the rotation, he could resurface as a matchup-based option. However, it's important to remember that the 23-year-old righty plays half his games at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
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