DENVER -- Tuesday's 12-inning tango with the Cubs coupled with left-hander Brett Anderson's early departure due to lower back spasms left the Rockies in a precarious position come Wednesday.
After Anderson left just one pitch into the fourth inning, manager Walt Weiss was forced to burn through every pitcher in his bullpen before left-hander Boone Logan gave up the go-ahead homer to Javier Baez in the 12th.
On Wednesday, the Rockies recalled right-hander Brooks Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs to bring in a fresh arm for the beleaguered bullpen. And with Jordan Lyles already scheduled to return from his broken non-pitching hand, the Rockies were forced to designate outfielder Jason Pridie for assignment along with placing Anderson on the 15-day disabled list.
"We felt like protecting the 'pen tonight was a priority," Weiss said.
In the Rockies' third extra-inning game against the Cubs in less than a week, Weiss asked Franklin Morales, Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino and Logan to each pitch more than one inning in relief. And if the Rockies had answered back in the 12th as they did in the 11th, Weiss had utility infielder Charlie Culberson up an throwing in the cage just in case.
"I asked him the last time he pitched [and] he said, 'High school,'" Weiss said. "I said, 'You're hired.' I thought he was going to tell me Little League or something. When he told me high school, it was a no-brainer."
Brown was called upon to begin his second stint with the Rockies on Tuesday to avoid emergencies like that, considering these teams have already played 11 extra innings in five meetings this season.
After making his Major League debut with the Rockies on July 6, Brown, 29, went 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA with two walks and eight strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings pitched.
Pridie, 31, was recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 2 to provide the Rockies with some outfield depth while Carlos Gonzalez battled an ankle injury. He saw action in two games, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less