Rockies activate Motte, place Logan on DL

May 25th, 2016

BOSTON -- Prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, the Rockies placed left-hander Boone Logan on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, retroactive to May 18. In his place, right-hander Jason Motte was reinstated into the bullpen.

Logan was warming up in the bullpen during the team's 8-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday, but he did not enter the game. The last time he pitched was May 17 in St. Louis. He has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings pitched this season.

"[Logan's] felt a little something there the last few days, last night it kind of came to a head. Since he hasn't pitched in a week already, we'll just backdate the DL and hopefully he can be back to us in another week or so," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

Motte was signed as a free agent in December. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a right shoulder strain in early April. He made his first appearance for the Rockies in Wednesday night's 10-3 loss to Boston, pitching a scoreless seventh inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

The 33-year-old made six rehab appearances in Triple-A Albuquerque and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings with a 3.18 ERA.

"I feel good. My rehab stuff was good. I'm back to feeling normal and hoping to go out there and doing what I do," Motte said before Wednesday's game. "I'm trying to keep things fairly simple. Try and just take it one guy at a time, one out at a time and go from there."

Motte's first time pitching with the Rockies was during six Spring Training games where he went 0-1 in 5 2/3 innings. The righty pitched well for Chicago last season. Motte went 8-1 with six saves and had a 3.91 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 57 appearances for the Cubs.

"I'll probably ease [Motte] in for the first couple of outings, let him get settled in as opposed to just throwing him right into the fire. It won't take long though, probably a couple times out and he'll be in the heat," Weiss said.

Worth noting

• After an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday in which he allowed seven runs, nine hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings, left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was sent to the bullpen Wednesday. Chris Rusin (1-2, 3.93) moved into the rotation and will likely start for Colorado on Saturday or Sunday against San Francisco at Coors Field.

"His command is just not right quite yet," Weiss said of De La Rosa. "We probably have a better shot at getting him right a couple innings at a time out of the bullpen, and looking at it more like a progressive buildup to being a starter again."

• Right-hander Adam Ottavino, who's on the 60-day DL recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been throwing positive bullpen sessions. Weiss said the next step is throwing live batting practice before he actually faces hitters. He is expected to rejoin the Rockies' bullpen around the All-Star break.