ARIZONA -- The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow strain. In addition, the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Bettis (#35) will be available for the Rockies against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field tonight (7:40 p.m. MDT).
Chatwood, 24, made his second Opening Day roster and has made four starts for the Rockies this year, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (24.0 ip, 12 er). This will be Chatwood's second stint on the disabled list this year. Last year, he started 20 games for the Rockies and went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA (111.1 ip, 39 er), 41 walks and 66 strikeouts. His eight wins were a season high and his 66 strikeouts were eight shy of matching his season high (74 in 2011). The Redlands, CA native has appeared in 70 Major League games, with 61 starts, going 20-22 with 1 save and a 4.34 ERA (342.0 ip, 165 er), 153 walks and 201 strikeouts.
Bettis, 24, began the season on the Rockies Opening Day roster for the first time in his career before he was optioned to Triple-A on April 25 where he made one scoreless appearance (2.0 ip). In 11 games with the Rockies this season, he is 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA (11.1 ip, 9 er), 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. In 27 career Major League games, including eight starts, Bettis is 1-4 with a 5.95 ERA (56.0 ip, 37 er), 23 walks and 37 strikeouts. The 6-foot-1 right-hander was originally drafted by Colorado in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.
The Rockies currently have a full 40-man roster.