Injuries & Moves: Suter acquired off waivers

November 18th, 2022

Keep track of the Rockies’ transactions and injury updates throughout the offseason.

LATEST NEWS

Nov. 18: LHP acquired off waivers from Brewers
Suter, 33, has spent his entire MLB career to this point with Milwaukee, posting a 3.51 ERA (120 ERA+) over 394 2/3 innings in seven seasons. His best stretch came from 2020-21, when he had a 3.09 ERA over 77 appearances (five starts). That came after he missed nearly the entire '19 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

In 2022, Suter posted a 3.78 ERA over 66 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, with his strikeout rate and ground-ball rate both decreasing -- his K rate went from 22 percent in '21 to 19.5 percent in '22, while his ground-ball rate went from 53 percent to 45 percent. His average exit velocity (85.7 mph) and hard-hit rate (30.4 percent) both remained excellent, however, each ranking in the top five among qualified pitchers per Statcast.

According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, Suter is expected to earn around $3.5 million in arbitration this year.

Nov. 18: Reached agreement on three-year contract extension with RHP Tyler Kinley
The Rockies reached an agreement with the 31-year-old right-handed reliever on a contract extension that covers 2023-25, with a club option for '26. Kinley was Colorado's best reliever outside closer Daniel Bard last season, before Kinley had to undergo season-ending elbow surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon. In 25 appearances (24 innings) last season, his third with the Rockies, Kinley had a 0.75 ERA with a 27 percent strikeout rate. He is expected to return to the mound sometime around July of 2023.

Nov. 16: RHP Dinelson Lamet agrees to one-year contract, avoiding arbitration
The Rockies reached a one-year agreement with the 30-year-old right-hander, whom Colorado acquired off waivers from the Brewers in August. Lamet was once considered a potential frontline starter with the Padres, but injuries and subpar performance led to him being traded to Milwaukee in the deal that sent closer Josh Hader to San Diego on Aug. 1. In 19 appearances out of the bullpen for the Rockies last season, Lamet became a dependable relief option, posting a 4.05 ERA (117 ERA+). With an unsettled bullpen outlook moving forward, Lamet provides a veteran presence.

Nov. 15: Acquired OF Nolan Jones from the Guardians for Minor League INF Juan Brito
The Rockies added potential left-handed-hitting production when they acquired Jones from the Guardians for Minor League infielder Brito. Jones was drafted as a third baseman, but Jose Ramírez's presence necessitated a move to the outfield. Colorado has Ryan McMahon at third, but there could be at-bats for Jones there and in right field. However, the Rockies need hitters and Jones showed some of that last season. Called up to Cleveland in June, Jones drove in eight runs in his first four games, and he slashed .244/.309/.372 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 28 games in the Majors overall. He had a .276/.368/.463 slash line with nine homers in 55 games at Triple-A Columbus.

INJURY UPDATES

OF Kris Bryant (left foot bone bruise, plantar fasciitis)
Expected return:
2023
Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt has spoken to Bryant since season’s end, and Bryant -- heading into the second season of a seven-year, $182 million contract -- reported that he is healthy and ready for a full offseason of preparation. (Last update: Nov. 11)

DH (left meniscus tear)
Expected return: 2023
Blackmon underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus on Oct. 3 and it went as expected. Manager Bud Black said he expects Blackmon to be healthy in time for Spring Training. (Last update: Oct. 5)

RHP (unspecified illness)
Expected return: TBD
Estévez went to the IL with what originally was thought to be COVID, but Estévez was "hit pretty hard by this bug," Rockies manager Bud Black said. Estévez is eligible for free agency and the Rockies are expected to bid to keep him as Daniel Bard’s primary right-handed setup man. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

LHP (left elbow flexor strain)
Expected return:
2023
Manager Bud Black reported that the PRP injection Gilbreath received has done its job, and the Rockies expect him to be ready at the start of Spring Training. Gilbreath became Colorado's primary left-handed setup man in 2022. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

RHP Peter Lambert (right forearm inflammation)
Expected return:
TBD
Repeated attempts to return from his 2020 Tommy John elbow surgery were never completed, so Lambert underwent a PRP shot and spent the rest of the season rehabbing at the club’s complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lambert was placed on the roster of the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and began that season on the mound. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

INF/OF Connor Joe (right serratus strain)
Expected return: 2023
Joe began the year making regular starts, but slumped and played through several nagging injuries until he was diagnosed with the serratus strain. Finishing the year on the injured list allowed him to devote time to healing, before getting on with a normal offseason. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

RHP Chad Kuhl (right triceps strain)
Expected return:
2023
Kuhl finished the year with a 6-11 record and a 5.72 ERA in 27 starts. The triceps strain was less an injury than a way to place call-up righty prospect Noah Davis on the active roster for the final two regular-season games. Kuhl will become a free agent. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

RHP Antonio Senzatela (left ACL tear)
Expected return: 2023 
Senzatela’s season-ending left knee injury came at a time when he believed he was turning the corner in terms of pitch usage. He won’t be ready at the start of the 2023 season -- the second year of his five-year deal with a club option for a sixth year -- but is projected to be on the Major League mound in early May. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

LHP Helcris Olivarez (left scapula strain)
Expected return: TBD 
Nearly a full year of inactivity -- aside from a July 15 outing in the Arizona Complex League -- dropped Olivarez from No. 17 to No. 30 on MLB Pipeline’s Rockies Top 30 Prospects list. Now comes the result the team tried to avoid: Olivarez underwent surgery to repair the shoulder capsule, and likely will not be a factor on the mound until August 2023. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

RHP Tyler Kinley (right elbow sprain/flexor tendon tear)
Expected return:
TBD
Kinley underwent surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm, performed by Rangers physician Dr. Keith Meister. "Everything went well," manager Bud Black said on July 5. The recovery, which Black described as similar to that of Tommy John surgery, is expected to take somewhere in the area of a year. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

RHP Ryan Rolison (left shoulder strain)
Expected return: 2023 
The Rockies’ first-round pick in 2018, Rolison came down with shoulder pain in Spring Training and never was active, even at the Minor League level. He underwent surgery in June. He will be a little behind the healthy pitchers when Spring Training starts. (Last updated: Oct. 5)