DENVER -- The Rockies' search for a spot start in place of the injured Christian Friedrich (lower-back stress fracture) means a return trip to the Majors for Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood was set to pitch Saturday night for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, but he was scratched from his start and is headed to Denver to pitch Sunday's series finale against the Giants.
The Rockies have not make an official announcement yet, since a corresponding roster move needs to be made and the club was not ready to announce the corresponding move Saturday night, but the Denver Post confirmed the reason for Chatwood's scratch with sources associated with the Drillers.
Chatwood was 1-1 with a 7.62 ERA in seven relief appearances spanning 13 innings in an earlier callup with the Rockies and is 1-3 with a 4.70 ERA in nine Triple-A starts and four Double-A starts this season.
The 22-year-old right-hander competed for a spot in the rotation in Spring Training and made the Rockies' Opening Day roster as a reliever. He was 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) for the Angels last year, and he came to Colorado in a November trade for catcher Chris Iannetta.