Senzatela allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 9.2 innings pitched in the month of September.
Senzatela was moved into a relief role for the stretch run, but he did little to cement his status as a sure-fire MLB arm for 2018. After a strong start to the season, the rookie really faded down the stretch, and now he likely faces an uphill battle to even break camp with Colorado in 2018. He'll need to prove his worth during spring training, otherwise he could wind up having to develop further in Triple-A to start next season.
Senzatela will be available out of the bullpen Tuesday against the Braves, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Senzatela hasn't pitched in a week and would have been available to start either of the first two games of the series, but Rockies manager Bud Black ultimately decided to move the rookie to a relief role and reinsert Tyler Chatwood back into the rotation. After Senzatela reeled off a 9-2 record and 4.10 ERA through his first 14 starts of the season, it's been nothing but downhill ever since, with the right-hander submitting a 5.83 ERA and 1.49 over 41.2 innings in his subsequent 13 appearances. Senzatela could prove to be more of an asset out of the bullpen, but it appears at least for now, the Rockies will see if Chatwood or one of their other options can provide an upgrade at the back end of the rotation.
Senzatela (10-5) took the loss Monday against the Tigers, lasting just 3.2 innings while allowing four runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
So much for Senzatela's hot start. He hasn't completed the sixth inning since June 16 against the Giants, and at this point, it would be surprising if he manages it again this season. He has a 5.83 ERA with a 33:19 K:BB over 41.2 innings in his past 13 outings, so his presence in the Rockies' rotation is more about their lack of acceptable options than Senzatela's ability at this point.
Senzatela allowed two runs on nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts over five innings in Wednesday's no-decision against the Royals.
Senzatela was able to stay away from hard contact, surrendering eight singles and a double. He was in position for his 11th win heading into the ninth inning, but a blown save from closer Greg Holland denied the rookie that accomplishment. Assuming he sticks in the rotation, Senzatela's next start will come Monday against the Tigers.
The Rockies moved Senzatela back to the bullpen a week earlier after the team recalled Chad Bettis from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill an opening in the rotation, but the rookie only made two appearances during his latest run as a reliever before earning another promotion back to the starting ranks. This time around, Senzatela will swap in for Jeff Hoffman, who was optioned to Albuquerque after a dismal eight-start stretch in which he's submitted a 6.80 ERA. Like Hoffman, Senzatela has regressed following a hot start to the season, with a decline in velocity representing a main factor in his decline. After going 9-2 with a 4.10 ERA over his first 14 starts of the season, the 22-year-old has turned in a 5.73 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over his subsequent 11 appearances (four starts).
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