Former Rockies closer Wade Davis is back for the stretch run of the 2020 season. What role he might play is yet to be determined.
Davis, 35, was reinstated from the injured list Saturday before the Rockies hosted the Los Angeles Angels at Coors Field. Davis has been out with a strained right shoulder since his appearance in the Rockies’ home opener on July 31 in an 8-7 loss to San Diego at Coors Field.
To make room on the 28-man active roster, Colorado optioned right-hander Ashton Goudeau to their alternate training site.
Davis converted two saves at Texas to begin the season and had two outs and a one-run lead in the ninth inning against the Padres in the home opener but surrendered two homers — to Fernando Tatis Jr. and Tommy Pham — and walked two in the loss.
Since signing a three-year, $52 million contract prior to the 2018 season, Davis has gone 4-13 with 60 saves in 70 opportunities in 122 appearances, posting a 6.18 ERA. He has an 8.01 ERA at Coors Field and a 4.22 ERA on the road.
Davis performed well in 2018 when the Rockies made the playoffs and led the National League with 43 saves while posting a 4.13 ERA. 2019, however, was a disaster. He had an overall ERA of 8.65 ERA and an 11.10 ERA at Coors Field — the highest home ERA in major-league history.
Still, way back in spring training, the Rockies expressed confidence that Davis could rebound and be their closer in 2020.
“In a perfect world Wade is our closer and Scotty (Oberg) pitches in front of him in some capacity,” manager Bud Black said at the time. “It’s based on Wade’s great track record. That’s the perfect scenario.”
But Davis got hurt and Oberg is out for the season after experiencing blood clots in his right arm for the third time in four years. Daniel Bard is Colorado’s current closer.
Davis revealed in spring training that the strained left oblique that landed him on the injured list on May 22 of 2019, the injury hampered him the rest of the season. He admitted that he probably returned too quickly and the injury messed up his delivery.
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