Rockies' Desmond returns, but Chatwood to DL

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

The slumping Colorado Rockies got a key cog in their lineup back Sunday but took a hit to their starting rotation.

The Rockies activated outfielder/first baseman Ian Desmond from the disabled list but placed right-hander Tyler Chatwood on the 10-day DL in a corresponding move.

Desmond last played on July 2 because of a strained right calf, the same injury suffered by Chatwood on Saturday night. He left his outing against the New York Mets after getting only one out in a wild first inning.

Desmond is starting in left field and batting fifth in Sunday's game against the Mets.

Chatwood walked three of the five batters he faced and gave up Jay Bruce's three-run homer. After throwing just five of 19 pitches for strikes, he was checked on the mound by manager Bud Black and a trainer. Chatwood made three wide practice pitches and was replaced by lefty Chris Rusin, who was given all the time he needed to warm up on the mound.

Chatwood said his right calf began bothering him in the bullpen warming up, but he tried to pitch through it.

"I could not get the ball down. I could not push off of it, so I was essentially using all arm, which is not ideal for a guy who's had two Tommy John (operations)," Chatwood said after Colorado lost 9-3. "I thought we needed innings tonight and I was trying to provide some of it, but I did not do a very good job of that at all."


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