As Escalona hits DL, Outman called back up

As Escalona hits DL, Outman called back up

DENVER -- Rockies left-handed relief pitcher Josh Outman chalked up his demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday to bad luck. The team needed to add an outfielder and could easily subtract Outman because he has a Minor League option.

Outman's luck didn't stay bad long.

Right-handed pitcher Edgmer Escalona left Sunday's game in pain, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after an MRI Monday revealed inflammation in the right elbow. Escalona (1-2, 4.18 ERA) was bothered by elbow soreness for a week or more before Sunday.

Outman (2-0, 4.94 ERA), had two scoreless outings before the demotion. By sending him down, the Rockies were able to recall outfielder Tyler Colvin. Normally, a player has to stay in the Minors for 10 days after a demotion, but the Escalona injury allowed the Rockies by rule to recall Outman.

"There's a lot more fluidity in this game than most jobs," Outman said, smiling. "Sometimes things take forever to play out and sometimes it happens in 48 hours or less. I went to the Springs, threw a bullpen session, watched the game on Sunday and found out I was coming right back. Sometimes it works out."

Outman, who has been valuable as a middle relief change-of-pace when the Rockies start a right-hander, said he wants his performance to be above reproach.

"There are always things I can improve on and plan on improving on, and that was also conveyed to me," Outman said. "But when it comes down to it, that's how the game works sometimes. You roll with the punches."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.