The Colorado Rockies optioned right-hander Alex White to Triple-A, according to a team release. In a corresponding roster move, the Rockies recalled right-hander Zach Putnam.
#Rockies option RHP Alex White, recall RHP Zach Putnam. Putnam (#54) will be available in tonight's game vs. Washington.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 26, 2012
Prior to his demotion, White had been a member of the Rockies starting rotation. As mentioned earlier this morning, Colorado’s pitching system is unique in that they plan on using four starters, limiting each to 75 pitches. However, Colorado is interested in deploying as many as seven pitchers in this rotation depending upon matchups.
White struggled over his 10 starts this season, maintaining an ERA and WHIP of 6.45 and 1.665. The 23-year-old was acquired last season in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians. He owns a career ERA and WHIP of 6.73 and 1.680 over his two seasons in the majors.
Before being called up, Putnam had spent the season pitching for the Rockies Triple-A affiliate. Over his 25 appearances, the 24-year-old maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.94 and 1.354.