Nick Groke of the Denver Post has reported that Colorado Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino has a partially torn UCL and will likely need Tommy John surgery. It is also reported that he will be going to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Ottavino was promoted to the closer role in mid-April, and was shut down a week later.
The Brooklyn native had been stellar this year, not allowing a run in his first 10.1 innings on the hill, allowing three hits and striking out 13 while recording three saves. In the past two years, Ottavino has pitched with a 2.87 ERA while calling his home park Coors Field, arguably the most hitter friendly stadium in the MLB.
The Rockies have been struggling all season with pitching, with a team ERA of 5.08, a K/9 rate of 6.95, and have issued 86 walks in 211 innings. The bullpen has a 4.59 ERA thus far, and plays a key role to the Rockies, as a reliever has saved eight of their 11 wins this season.
LaTroy Hawkins will most likely become the new closer when he returns from a bicep injury that cost him a trip to the DL on April 22. The 42-year-old served as the primary closer of the club in 2014, recording 23 saves.
Another possibility for the job is John Axford, who has thrown five shutout innings from the bullpen thus far. Axford led the NL in saves in 2011 with 46 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, but has since been floating around the league, playing with five different teams since 2013.