MLB notebook: Rockies rookie relaxed as debut draws closer
Eddie Butler controls his emotions about as well as he does his pinpoint fastball.
On the eve of his major league debut, the Rockies' prized pitching prospect hardly is showing any traces of tension.
The team is bringing Butler up from Double-A Tulsa to pitch against the Dodgers on Friday and is hoping he adds a spark to a scuffling starting rotation.
The 22-year-old is taking it all in stride. He said, “if I go out there and pitch six innings and have us in the ball game, that's going to be a great day.”
Colorado made one thing very clear: The team is not counting on Butler to swoop in to rescue the season, only to keep the Rockies in games.
• The Rockies placed right-hander Jordan Lyles on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand. Lyles broke a bone just below the knuckle of his middle finger when he tried to tag out Martin Prado at home after a wild pitch in the first inning Wednesday night. Lyles stayed in the game but had to use two hands to catch the ball when it was thrown back to him. He left after the fourth inning.
• Right-hander Mat Latos might make one more start in the minors before the Reds will consider activating him and bringing their rotation back to full strength. Latos had to leave a minor league rehab start after only 67 pitches Wednesday night because he developed a cramp in a calf.
• Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will play catch before the Orioles decide if he starts Saturday or goes on the disabled list. Gonzalez had been scheduled to start Thursday night's series finale at Texas but was scratched and pushed back after waking up earlier this week with soreness in his right side. Meanwhile, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter, on the disabled list with a strained left groin, had a two-inning simulated game and experienced no problems.
• The Mets recalled outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas. Brown was 5 for 27 with one home run and five RBIs in 10 games for the Mets earlier this season.
• Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers was recalled from an injury rehab assignment, and their Opening Day starter is going back to the bullpen. Scheppers had been on the disabled list since April 18 with right elbow inflammation.
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