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ST. LOUIS» Bullpen re­in­force­ments could soon be on the way via a trade, but in the mean­time, the Rock­ies were forced to make some in­ter­nal moves to pro­vide them with re­liev­ers.

Closer Greg Hol­land went on the pa­ter­nity list Wed­nes­day be­cause his wife, Lacey, is sched­uled to give birth in Den­ver. Hol­land, who has con­verted 31-of-32 saves, is ex­pected to re­join the Rock­ies at some point dur­ing their week­end se­ries at Washington.

In Hol­land’s ab­sence, the Rock­ies moved usual starter Tyler Chat­wood off the dis­abled list and into the bullpen. Man­ager Bud Black said the club still con­sid­ers Chat­wood a start­ing pitcher for the long term but added that the right-han­der will re­main in the bullpen through at least the week­end.

“We’ve had some con­ver­sa­tions, and ‘Chatty’ seems to be in a good spot,” Black said be­fore Wed­nes­day night’s game against St. Louis. Black would not re­veal whom he would use as a closer in Hol­land’s ab­sence.

“Ev­ery game is unique,” Black said. “We’ll see what hap­pens when we get to (the ninth) in­ning.” Chat­wood has not pitched in relief since 2012, when he made seven ap­pear­ances out of the bullpen.

Chat­wood, 27, was re­moved from his start July 15 af­ter pitch­ing one-third of an in­ning and al­low­ing four runs on a home run and three walks. He was placed on the DL the next day.

While Black has re­peat­edly said he likes Chat­wood’s arse­nal of pitches, he knows Chat­wood must re­duce his walks. In 19 starts this sea­son, Chat­wood is 6-11 with a 4.74 ERA. He has struck out 87, but his 60 walks were the most in the Na­tional League en­ter­ing Wed­nes­day’s games.

“We are aware of the walks, but when he’s throw­ing strikes and he’s in the zone, his stuff plays,” Black said.

Odd man out.

Strug­gling righthander An­to­nio Sen­za­tela is out of the ro­ta­tion — for now. With sched­uled off days Thurs­day and Mon­day, the Rock­ies will go with a four-man ro­ta­tion of Ger­man Mar­quez, Kyle Free­land, Jon Gray and Jeff Hoff­man, who started Wed­nes­day night.

Black said that both Sen­za­tela and Chat­wood have a chance to work their way back into the ro­ta­tion. Af­ter a strong start, Sen­za­tela has strug­gled in June and July, post­ing a 7.34 ERA.

Des­mond up­date.

Ian Des­mond, who de­parted dur­ing the fourth in­ning Tues­day night af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing his strained right calf, was held out Wed­nes­day. Head trainer Keith Dug­ger said the Rock­ies are “hope­ful” Des­mond will avoid his third trip to the DL this sea­son.

The left fielder and first base­man suf­fered a bro­ken hand dur­ing spring train­ing and missed the first 25 games.

Des­mond, who orig­i­nally in­jured his calf July 2, was placed on the DL on July 3 and missed nine games be­fore re­turn­ing to the ac­tive ros­ter July 16. He had never been on the DL be­fore this sea­son.

Des­mond is hit­ting .285 with five homers and 32 RBIs.

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