Chatwood gets crack at Rockies rotation spot

Chatwood gets crack at Rockies rotation spot

DENVER -- As expected, Tyler Chatwood rejoined the Rockies on Sunday to start in the series finale against the Giants in place of Christian Friedrich, who went to the disabled list Friday with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Chatwood was a Spring Training finalist for a rotation spot that was ultimately won by Jamie Moyer, but he broke with the Rockies as a reliever on their Opening Day roster. He made seven appearances in two stints with the club this season, going 1-1 with a save and a 7.62 ERA. He has been in Triple-A Colorado Springs and Double-A Tulsa the rest of the season, compiling a combined 1-3 record with a 4.70 ERA in 13 starts.

"He's had a couple of very solid starts with Tulsa in Double-A," manager Jim Tracy said Sunday. "Quite frankly right now at this juncture he is probably the best option."

The 22-year-old right-hander made 25 starts and two relief appearances for the Angels last season, giving Tracy confidence in his poise and composure with a return to the Majors.

"It's not like we're introducing yet another completely novice kid to the Major Leagues," Tracy said. "He has Major League innings under his belt, but he doesn't have the consistency of throwing those type of innings that gives him a real good chance every time he goes out there. That's the equation that we're trying to solve. Hopefully if we can get him there, we have ourselves a real good young 22-year-old pitcher with a pretty interesting future in front of him."

Chatwood has struggled with maintaining a consistent delivery so far in his career. He has a tendency to "fall off the rubber," in his delivery, resulting in his arm coming through late and his fastballs either spraying up in the zone or cutting down into the dirt.