Sep 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The Minnesota Twins pitcher Pedro Hernandez (60) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Pedro Hernandez The Next In Line In The Colorado Rockies Rotation?

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After seeing Juan Nicasio struggle mightily yet again in his most recent start, the Colorado Rockies demoted the right-hander to the Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox, promoting OF/1B prospect Kyle Parker.

Someone will need to take Juan Nicasio’s spot in the rotation which the next turn would be Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Colorado has already called-up a slew of arms this past month, including Eddie Butler, Christian Bergman, and Tyler Matzek. They are running thin on arms at the Triple-A level who are of quality but The Denver Post noted a possibility to take the spot.

Pedro Hernandez, who is pitching for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, has had Major League experience, making 13 starts (1 with Chicago White Sox, 12 with Minnesota Twins). In his twelve starts with the Minnesota Twins last season, Hernandez went 3-3 with an ERA of 6.83. He gave up 43 earned on an alarming 80 hits through just 56 2/3 innings.

Hernandez hasn’t been much better at the Minor League level this season for the Rockies affiliate. He is currently 5-3 on the season with a high ERA of 5.92.

The Rockies recently just signed right-hander Brett Tomko who could be another option but is still getting his arm in shape. A lot of fans will be clamoring for Jon Gray yet again but it seems as if the Rockies aren’t willing to throw the 3rd overall pick from 2013 into the fire just yet.

Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight looking to avoid a sweep. Game starts at 10:10 PM ET, 8:10 PM MT.

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