Rockies place Marquez, Tapia on 10-Day IL

Aug 22, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies placed German Marquez and Raimel Tapia on the 10-day IL on Monday, with Marquez suffering from inflammation in his right arm, and Tapia is being sidelined with a left hand contusion.

The Rockies plan to fill those vacancies with LHP Phillip Diehl and RHP Joe Harvey.

Diehl has gone 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in both AA Hartford and AAA Albuquerque this season, and has an 18.00 ERA in 2.0 innings pitched this season with the big league club.

RHP Joe Harvey makes his debut with the Rockies after being acquired from the Yankees in a July 31st trade that sent lefty Alfredo Garcia to the Yankees. Harvey has gone 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in seven appearances with AAA Albuquerque this season.

The Marquez injury is another in a long line of setbacks for the Rockies starting rotation this season, which has seen the likes of Tyler Anderson, Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, and Chad Bettis all go down with injuries. The Rockies rotation has undergone massive turnover since the start of the season, as Antonio Senzatella is the only current Rockies starter with more than 15 appearances so far this season.

Raimel Tapia’s trip to the IL comes in the midst of a 30 game stretch that has seen him slash a .333/.368/.396 stat line at the plate. Tapia has made the most of his opportunities at the big league level this year, putting together a year that has easily been the best of his young career.

For the time being, it appears that Garrett Hampson and Ian Desmond will make the majority of the starts in place of Tapia, while Jeff Hoffman will most likely make some spot starts in place of Marquez. The Rockies (58-73, 5th in the NL West) have an upcoming homestand against the Braves, Red Sox, and Pirates.