Three players who could play key roles for the Rockies in the second half — Chat Bettis, David Dahl and Antonio Senzatela — had strong efforts in minor league games on Thursday. Senzatela will be the first to rejoin the big-league team.
ANTONIO SENZATELA was removed from the rotation for two starts to help monitor his innings work load. The right-hander made his last start in a 10-2 loss against the D-Backs on June 22. It was the fifth start in a stretch in which he was 2-2 but allowed 25 earned runs and eight home runs in 26 1/3 innings.
The Rockies moved him into the bullpen for thee appearances, in which he allowed one run, in five innings, and then assigned him to Triple-A Albquerque so he could start Thursday in a tuneup for rejoining the big-league rotation on Tuesday. Senzatela, who led the NL with nine victories at the time he was taken out of the rotation, allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings of the Isotopes 8-4 victory against the Mets’ Las Vegas affiliate on Thursday. He gave up four hits and a walk, striking out two.
Because his option to Triple-A will be less than 10 days Senzatela will still be in line for a full year of big-league service time.
CHAD BETTIS, recovering from testicular cancer, made the first start on his minor-league rehab assignment and worked two innings, allowing no hits and an unearned run in what became a 7-5 loss to the Yankees’ Trenton affiliate. Bettis threw 31 pitches, 19 for strikes.
Bettis could spend up to a month on the rehab assignment to make sure he has proper arm strength.
DAVID DAHL is now 3-for-7 with a home run in the first two games of his rehab assignment at High-A Lancaster. Dahl has been on the disabled list since spring training with a stress reaction in his sixth rib. He went 2-for-4 with the home run, two RBI and a walk in the Jethawks 11-7 loss at Lancaster.