ROCKIES SHORT HOPS
In a major shakeup, the Rockies sent five-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki as well as reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28 for Jose Reyes, reliever Miguel Castro and minor leaguers Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco. In 10 seasons with Colorado, the 30-year-old Tulowitzki hit .299 with 188 homers and 657 RBIs. He is owed $113.7 million through 2020. Reyes is owed $22 million apiece in 2016 and 2017. He also has a team option for that amount for 2018 with a $4 million buyout. Reyes is 8-for-39 since joining the Rockies. He continues to make his offseason home in Old Brookville on Long Island.
Carlos Gonzalez earned NL Player of the Month honors for July. He batted .386 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs during the month. The production included three multi-homer games in a four-game stretch. Gonzalez continued to sizzle over the weekend in D.C. He delivered an eighth-inning grand slam on Friday against Drew Storen to rally the Rockies to a 5-4 win against the Washington Nationals. He then had two homers against Max Scherzer in Sunday’s series finale as Colorado won, 6-4.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado, who became a first-time All-Star last month, is tied for second in the NL in homers with 27 and leads the league with 81 RBIs. Both totals already are career highs.
Jon Gray allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings last Tuesday in his major league debut against the Seattle Mariners. Gray, 23, was pulled after 77 pitches because he is on an innings cap this season. He threw 114 innings before his promotion. That already was within 10 innings of matching last season’s total before throwing a major league pitch. Gray, a University of Oklahoma product, was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. He entered the rotation in place of Kyle Kendrick, who landed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Ex-Met Gonzalez Germen was demoted to clear the roster spot for Gray.
Tommy Kahnle has succeeded John Axford as closer. Kahnle recorded his first major league save on Friday against the Nationals. He notched save No. 2 on Sunday. In a five-game stretch in late July, Axford suffered three losses and four blown saves and allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings. Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino began the season as the closer, but he required Tommy John surgery. Kahnle was a Rule 5 pick from the Yankees in December 2013.
In four starts since a return to the majors, Eddie Butler is 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA and .317 opponent batting average.
Left fielder Corey Dickerson landed on the disabled list on Aug. 1 with non-displaced fractures of two ribs on his right side. He suffered the injury diving for a line drive. The latest injury came a week after Dickerson returned from a second DL stint for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He is batting .315 with five homers and 18 RBIs, but has been limited to 43 games this season. Kyle Parker, a former Clemson quarterback, was promoted to replace Dickerson.
Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu batted .400 in July. LeMahieu delivered the tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth on Sunday against Storen.