Estevez (finger) has yet to resume playing catch and won't be activated from the 10-day injured list when eligible Monday, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports.
The Rockies hope the right-hander will be able to play catch soon, as he's apparently been shut down from throwing since landing on the injured list with a finger strain at the start of May. Estevez figures to be at least a few weeks away from returning from the shelf since he'll likely need to build up his arm after being unable to throw.
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.
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.
Estevez suffered a right hand injury on the final play of Sunday's win against the Rangers, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Estevez came on in Sunday's game to record the final out and succeeded in just one pitch. However, he was hit by a comebacker on the right hand before throwing to first base for the last out. He appeared to be in considerable pain as he left the field with the trainer and is undergoing X-rays to determine the severity of the injury.
Estevez (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one walk and striking out one, to earn the win Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.
Estevez worked the eighth inning, and the Rockies exploded for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to put him in line for the win. The Rockies' bullpen gave away five of those runs in the ninth, but Daniel Bard closed it out to earn Estevez his first win of the year. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 0.96 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with seven strikeouts in 9.1 innings this season. Estevez has seen high-leverage usage in 2020, and he's collected three holds.
Estevez allowed one run on three hits and no walks while striking out one over one inning in Sunday's win against the Padres.
Estevez was tasked with getting the Rockies out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning Sunday, but he gave up a triple to Wil Myers to clear the bases before forcing a groundout to end the inning. The right-hander went out to begin the ninth inning in a non-save situation with a four-run lead. He gave up a triple to lead off the inning and managed to record two outs afterward, but he was removed from the game after allowing a double. Estevez had thrown 4.1 scoreless innings over his first four relief appearances this season, but he wasn't very reliable Sunday. Despite his shaky performance against the Padres, he should still be in competition with Jairo Diaz to serve as the closer while Wade Davis (shoulder) remains sidelined.
Estevez allowed five runs on seven hits and had eight strikeouts and zero walks over five innings prior to the suspension of spring training.
The 27-year-old had somewhat of a breakout campaign for the Rockies in 2019, posting a 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 81:23 K:BB with 11 holds in 71 appearances. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Estevez and Jairo Diaz are expected to play prominent bullpen roles for Colorado in front of Scott Oberg and closer Wade Davis this season.
Estevez and the Rockies agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.08 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Estevez's solid 3.75 ERA in 72 innings last season looks even better considering he calls Coors Field home. He struck out 26.3 percent of opposing batters while walking 7.5 percent.
Estevez worked around one walk to throw a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday against St. Louis. He struck out one batter and earned his ninth hold of the season.
Estevez was lifted early Tuesday with back spasms, but clearly it wasn't a major problem as the right-hander was right back on the hill a day later. Unfortunately for those who took a gamble on Estevez after Scott Oberg (blood clot) was placed on the IL, it doesn't seem like Estevez is in line for many save chances. Jairo Diaz has gotten all three saves for Colorado this month.
Estevez was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with back spasms, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Estevez needed only nine pitches to record the final two outs of the eighth inning and would have returned for the final frame -- and the save opportunity -- were it not for the back spasms. It's unclear if the 26-year-old is expected to be available for Wednesday's contest.
Estevez pitched the seventh inning in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox, allowing one run on a solo homer.
Manager Bud Black said last week that Estevez and Jairo Diaz would be in the mix for saves after Scott Oberg was placed on the injured list with a blood clot in his arm. Estevez's usage since then suggests he's behind Diaz in the pecking order; Estevez pitched in the eighth inning Aug. 23 ahead of Diaz, in the sixth inning Aug. 25 and then in the eighth Monday. Diaz blew the save Monday but was credited with the win, and even after the blown save, Diaz still has a 2.61 ERA and 17:2 K:BB this month.
Manager Bud Black said Monday that he's not ready to anoint a new closer, but he made it clear that Estevez and Jairo Diaz will be given chances to close out games over the remainder of the season, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Wade Davis squandered a lead in the ninth inning Sunday after Scott Oberg (blood clot) was placed on the IL earlier that day, and it doesn't sound like Black will be turning back to Davis as his closer. Both Estevez and Diaz throw heat, averaging over 97 mph on their fastballs. Estevez's season-long ERA is significantly better than Diaz's, but the estimators are pretty similar and Diaz has been on an excellent run of late (2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in his last seven outings), so it's not clear who will have the edge between the two.
Estevez (personal) worked around one hit and one walk to record a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's win over the Padres. He struck out one batter.
After German Marquez went eight strong innings, Estevez pitched the final frame in an 8-3 Colorado victory. It was Estevez's first appearance back after he spent a week on the family medical leave list. Estevez is averaging nearly 98 mph on his fastball, and his 27.2 percent strikeout rate is tied for the best mark on the team. He'd have a case to step into the closer role if Scott Oberg were to lose the job.
The Rockies placed Estevez on the family emergency medical leave list Sunday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
MLB rules dictate that Estevez will be inactive for at least three days, but no more than seven. The reliever will be replaced in the bullpen by Jesus Tinoco, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
Scott Oberg, not Estevez, will be the Rockies' primary closer while Wade Davis (oblique) is on the injured list, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
A case can be made that Estevez deserves the look more than Oberg. For starters, Estevez throws his fastball about three mph harder than Oberg on average, and the peripherals point to Estevez being the far better pitcher so far this season. However, Oberg has been able to overcome the poor peripherals and turn in strong results so far, so for now manager Bud Black will turn to Oberg and possibly Jake McGee, when the matchups call for a left-hander in the ninth.
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