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.
Estevez could factor into the ninth-inning mix with closer Wade Davis (oblique) landing on the injured list Wednesday.
This is a tough one to call. The Rockies have an experienced righty in Seunghwan Oh and another candidate in Scott Oberg who currently has a 1.77 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. However, Oh is probably out of the conversation for now, having posted a 9.60 ERA in his first 15 innings. Things look far worse for Oberg under the hood; he has just 13 strikeouts in 20.1 total innings, and a 1:5 K:BB so far in the month of May. Meanwhile Estevez leads the team in holds with five, and his K-BB rate sits at a healthy 22.1 percent. Lefty Jake McGee could also see chances based on matchups.
Estevez was called up by the Rockies on Tuesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Estevez is up to replace Jake McGee, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. He spent the entirety of 2018 in the minor leagues and owns a career 5.36 ERA after 87.1 innings in the two previous seasons.
Estevez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Estevez performed well in spring training with a 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB over 8.1 innings, but was always facing long odds to make the roster. The 26-year-old missed the beginning of 2018 due to an oblique injury and spent the rest of the season at Albuquerque, where he struggled with a 6.35 ERA and 1.71 WHIP across 28.1 innings.
The Rockies activated Estevez (elbow) from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Colorado cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Estevez by outrighting reliever Brooks Pounders to Triple-A. After being sidelined all season with an oblique injury followed by the left elbow strain, Estevez will have to prove his worth a little while longer at Albuquerque before rejoining the big-league bullpen.
Estevez (elbow) was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment Sunday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Estevez missed the start of the season with an oblique injury and then was shut down in April after suffered an elbow strain while rehabbing. He appears to be nearing a return to action.
Estevez (elbow) threw a simulated game Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic Denver reports.
The Rockies are going to wait two days before reevaluating Estevez, and if everything checks out OK he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment later in the week. The right-hander has been sidelined all season, so he'll likely need a full rehab assignment before rejoining the big-league bullpen.
Estevez (elbow) hopes to resume playing catch soon, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The hard-throwing right-hander was placed on the 60-day disabled list in April due to a strained UCL, but it seems like he's recovering nicely from the injury. Estevez was recently in Denver with the team getting evaluated by the Rockies' trainers, and it doesn't seem like any bad news came from the visit. Given that he hasn't resumed playing catch yet, he still seems to be at least a few weeks away from a full return to action.
Estevez (elbow strain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday.
His diagnosis has gone from bad to worse, as he was initially listed as being out with an oblique injury, but further tests have apparently revealed an elbow strain. He'll be unavailable to return until late May now. Harrison Musgrave will take his place on the 40-man roster for the time being.
Estevez (oblique) threw 22 pitches in two-thirds of an inning in his most recent rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.
He did manage to strike out one batter, but this was overall a lackluster appearance for the hard-throwing righty. Estevez only threw 10 of his 22 offerings for strikes and fell behind all but one of the hitters he faced. It seems like he's pretty healthy at this point, but the results may be the thing keeping him on a rehab assignment at this point.
Estevez (oblique) navigated a scoreless inning with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, striking out one.
The right-hander looked sharp during the rehab outing, requiring just nine pitches to complete the frame and throwing seven of those offerings for strikes. Estevez appears to be nearing a return to the Rockies' bullpen, though he may make a couple more rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.
Estevez (oblique) hopes to partake in simulated games this week, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
It seems like the right-hander is ramping up his activity at a good pace. The plan is for Estevez to embark on a minor-league rehab assignment shortly after the sim games, though no firm timetable for that has been announced yet.
Estevez (oblique) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.
We already knew he'd open the year on the DL, but the Rockies made it official on Opening Day. Once healthy, Estevez should serve as a middle reliever.
Estevez (oblique) will be placed on the disabled list to start the regular season, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The young right-hander was already prepared to miss the first few games, but this move will ultimately allow the team to keep a fresh arm on the roster in his stead. No word has come forth as to how soon he'll be back in action. This will open the door for Scott Oberg and Antonio Senzatela to start the season in the major-league bullpen.
Estevez (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing a setback in his rehab program, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The young reliever tweaked his oblique back in February, but he still hasn't been able to ramp up his throwing enough to return to game action. He still doesn't expect to be out for an extended period of time, but no firm timetable for his return has emerged at this point. Scott Oberg, Jairo Diaz and Zac Rosscup could see more innings out of the bullpen while Estevez is sidelined.
Manager Bud Black said that Estevez (oblique) is progressing well and could get into a Cactus League game soon, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The reliever has been sidelined since late February -- he was originally projected to return in just 5-to-7 days. Oblique injuries can tend to linger longer than expected. Estevez should be back relatively soon, but it's unclear if he'll build up enough innings to be ready for Opening Day. The 25-year-old made just one spring appearance prior to getting injured.
Estevez tweaked his left oblique and will be sidelined for 5-to-7 days, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Estevez sustained the injury over the weekend, and though he noted it wasn't anything major, he's still expected to miss some time in order to allow the issue to fully recover. The 25-year-old, who posted a 5.57 ERA and 1.64 WHIP across 32.1 innings last season, is looking to lock down a low-leverage bullpen job during spring training.
Estevez is unavailable to pitch due to muscle soreness on his left side, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
It appears that Estevez tweaked a muscle in his side during Friday's game, during which he pitched one scoreless inning. The injury isn't seen as anything major, but the Rockies are going to be cautious with Estevez and plan to rest him for a few days. More information about his eventual return should be available in the near future.
Estevez finished the regular season with a 5.57 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 in 32.1 innings pitched.
The young right-hander performed well after his September callup, producing a 9.3 K/9 in 11.2 innings of work and throwing eight straight scoreless appearances to close out the campaign. At just 24 years old, Estevez has the stuff to be a future closer for the Rockies, but he needs to control his offerings better before the Rockies let him go near high-leverage innings again.
Estevez was promoted by the Rockies on Friday.
Estevez joins the wave of September call-ups for Colorado, and will join the team ahead of this weekend's series with the Diamondbacks. During 21 appearances with the big-league club this season, Estevez has posted a 6.53 ERA and 1.69 WHIP, and is unlikely to be deployed in any high-leverage situations out of the bullpen.
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