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Rockies add LHP Joe Beimel to active roster08/01/2009 5:52 PM ET
The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that the club has added left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel to the active roster. Beimel will take the roster spot of right-handed pitcher Juan Rincon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 31) with right elbow stiffness. Beimel (#97) will be in uniform for tonight's Rockies game against the Reds at Cincinnati.
Beimel, who was acquired by the Rockies yesterday along with cash considerations from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian, went 1-5 with a 3.40 ERA (39.2 ip, 15 er) in 45 games with the Nationals in 2009. The left-hander has one save while striking out 24 and walking 15. He is holding opposing left-handed hitters to a .233 (14-for-60) batting average with a .288 on-base percentage. Beimel has made 24 appearances since June 4, allowing a total of just 4 earned runs in that span for a 1.86 ERA (19.1 ip, 4 er). Overall in 2009 he has allowed runs in just 11 of 45 games.
Beimel has inherited 26 runners in 2009, the most by any current Nationals pitcher. Of the 26 runners he has inherited, only 8 have scored (30.8 pct.). Among active left-handed pitchers in the Majors, Beimel ranks 10th in that category, having allowed 29.5 pct. of inherited runners to score in his career. Since the start of the 2006 season, Beimel has posted a 3.11 ERA (226.0 ip, 78 er). That figure ranks as the 8th-lowest ERA among left-handed relievers during that span (min. 100 games). Also since 2006, the lefty has accumulated 14 pickoffs, which is the most by any relief pitcher during the last four years. Beimel has pitched in at least 60 games in each of the last three seasons (2006-08), including a career-high 83 appearances with the Dodgers in 2007 (most game pitched by a left-handed reliever in the Majors that season).
A veteran of 10 Major League seasons, Beimel owns a record of 22-28 with a 4.23 ERA (501.2 ip, 236 er) in 435 games (23 starts) with Nationals (2009), Dodgers (2006-08), Rays (2005), Twins (2004) and Pirates (2001-03). He appeared in three League Championship games for the 2008 Dodgers, recording scoreless outings in all 3 appearances (0.2 ip, 2 BB).
Rincon, 30, is 3-2 with a 6.20 ERA (24.2 ip, 17 er) in 23 games for the Rockies and Tigers this season. He last pitched in Game 1 of a double-header on July 30 at New York, allowing one run on 3 hits in 2.0 innings. Rincon has earned a decision in three of his last five appearances, going 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA (5.2 ip, 6 er) since July 21. The right-hander was selected to Colorado's Major League roster on June 20 and recorded seven scoreless appearances in his first eight outings with the club.
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