The Rockies made yet another roster move ahead of Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia, reinstating reliever Harrison Musgrave off the bereavement list while also optioning Sam Howard to Triple-A.

Musgrave, who was in his native West Virginia following the passing of his grandfather, has a 2.65 ERA in 17.0 innings this season and figures to play a key role in shoring up the Colorado relievers upon his return.

“He’ll add to our pen,” manager Bud Black said. “In less than 20 innings, he’s shown enough to warrant a spot on the big-league roster right now, and maybe get some innings that have a little meat on them.”

Black also noted the coaching staff has been impressed with the southpaw’s tenacity in the short sample size this year.

“The strike-throwing ability, the change of speeds, the poise,” Black said. “And you really don’t see it, but there’s a competitor in there that we all like.”

Meanwhile the left-handed Howard, who was called up in place of Musgrave on June 9, made his major league debut in the Rockies’ loss to Arizona on Sunday by pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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