04/16/2010 3:18 PM ET
LHP Joe Beimel selected to Rockies Major League roster
Esmil Rogers optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs; Taylor Buchholz transferred to 60-day disabled list
ATLANTA -- The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Joe Beimel, and he has been added to the Major League roster. Right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and right-handed pitcher Taylor Buchholz was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Beimel (#97) will be in uniform for tonight's Rockies game at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Beimel, who will turn 33 on Monday, April 19, agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp on March 23, 2010. He began the season with the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox and made two relief appearances, logging 2.2 scoreless innings (2 hits, 2 strikeouts). He last pitched on Tuesday, April 13 at Portland. Beimel will join Randy Flores and Franklin Morales as the three left-handers in the Rockies bullpen.
Entering his second season with the Rockies, Beimel went 1-6 with a 3.58 ERA (55.1 ip, 22 er) in 71 combined games with Colorado and Washington last season. Acquired by the Rockies from Nationals in exchange for right-handed pitchers Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian on July 31, 2009, Beimel went 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA (15.2 ip, 7 er) in 26 appearances for the Rockies during August, September and October. He was added to Colorado's postseason roster and made three scoreless outings against the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series. Beimel went 1-5 with a 3.40 ERA (39.2 ip, 15 er) in 45 games with the Nationals in 2009. Overall the left-hander had one save while striking out 35 and walking 19. He held opposing left-handed hitters to a .258 (24-for-93) batting average with a .297 on-base percentage. He allowed runs in just 18 of his 71 games.
Since the start of the 2006 season, Beimel has posted a 3.17 ERA (241.2 ip, 85 er). That figure ranks as the 11th-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 four seasons (2006-09), 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 22-29 with a 4.23 ERA (517.1 ip, 243 er) in 461 games (23 starts) with the Rockies (2009), Nationals (2009), Dodgers (2006-08), Rays (2005), Twins (2004) and Pirates (2001-03). He also appeared in three National League Championship Series games for the Dodgers in 2008, recording scoreless outings in all 3 appearances (0.2 ip, 2 walks).
Rogers, 24, made three relief appearances for the Rockies from April 9-15. He pitched 2.0 scoreless innings in yesterday's 5-0 loss against the Mets at Coors Field. The right-hander posted a 2.25 ERA (4.0 ip, 1 er) with 5 strikeouts and a pair of walks. He was the only rookie on Colorado's 2010 Opening Day roster.
Buchholz, 28, did not pitch for the Rockies in 2009 and is recovering from right elbow surgery. He began the season on the 15-day disabled list.