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Rockies send starting pitcher Kyle Freeland to the minors

Rockies overcome Freeland injury to beat Phillies 4-3
Posted at 4:08 PM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 18:10:13-04

DENVER – The Rockies are sending starting pitcher Kyle Freeland to Triple-A Albuquerque following another rough outing from the left-hander on Thursday night, the club announced Friday.

Freeland, 26, lasted only three innings at home against the Diamondbacks, giving up five runs on seven hits, including two homers. Freeland, a Denver native who was one of the best starters in the National League last year, has struggled over his first dozen starts of the season.

He's 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA in 59 1/3 innings. Freeland has given up an MLB-worst 16 home runs this year. His last win came April 18 against the Phillies at home.

Freeland's struggles come after a breakout 2018 season, his second in the major leagues. He went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA in 202 1/3 innings, finishing fourth in the Cy Young award voting.

In other transactions Friday, left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin returned to the Rockies' roster from the 10-day injured list and right-hander Jesus Tinoco was called up from Albuquerque. The Rockies also sent outfielder Yonathan Daza to Triple-A.