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The Rock­ies on Satur­day fi­nally cut the cord on be­lea­guered re­liever Jor­dan Lyles, the fi­nal piece to the Dex­ter Fowler trade from 2013, cut­ting the for­mer starter who had be­come a low-lever­age in­nings eater.

Colorado des­ig­nated Lyles for as­sign­ment and op­tioned righthander Car­los Estevez to make room for closer Greg Hol­land, who re­turned af­ter the birth of his daugh­ter, and out­fielder Raimel Tapia, called up from Triple-a.

Lyles will be avail­able to other teams through waivers. If he clears waivers af­ter seven days, the Rock­ies could out­right him to Triple-a.

“He’s been a great team­mate to all the guys,” Colorado man­ager Bud Black said. “He came to the park ev­ery day ready to pitch. Never com­plained, no ex­cuses. But he’ll be the first to tell you his per­for­mance was not where it needed to be.”

Lyles ar­rived in Colorado with Bran­don Barnes in a trade with the Astros for Fowler. Af­ter strug­gling as a starter, the Rock­ies moved him to the bullpen last sea­son and he strug­gled as a backup long re­liever this year, with a 6.94 ERA over 46M in­nings.

Hol­land’s bun­dle. Hol­land re­turned from pa­ter­nity leave Fri­day af­ter his wife, Lacey, gave birth to a daugh­ter, Hunter Ni­cole, on Thurs­day.

“At 4 p.m., on the nose,” Hol­land said. This leave was well­timed all around for Hol­land. He de­parted the Kansas City Roy­als dur­ing the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries in 2014 for the birth of his first child, son Nash.

Tapia’s back. Tapia’s re­turn is his fourth call-up this sea­son from Triple-a. The out­fielder has been forced to adapt to the el­e­va­tor ride be­tween the minors and ma­jors in this, his rookie sea­son.

“It’s not easy,” Tapia said. “But I’m men­tally strong. As long as I stay ready and con­tinue to get bet­ter, I’m go­ing to help this team win.”

Tapia’s call-up fills a void left by Ian Des­mond, who was moved to the 10-day dis­abled list Fri­day with a strained right calf mus­cle.

“Hey, it’s Tap time,” Black said. “The flight back to the big leagues, guys have smiles on their faces. The other way, not so much.”

Foot­notes. Right-han­der Chad Bet­tis threw his sec­ond Triple-a re­hab start, his fourth over­all, in a re­turn from can­cer. In 5L in­nings, he gave up three earned runs on five hits, with two walks. Al­bu­querque man­ager Gle­nallen Hill pulled him mid-at-bat in the sixth af­ter he crossed his pitch limit. … Estevez did not leave the team Satur­day. He will be the 26th man on the ros­ter for Sun­day’s dou­ble­header night­cap.

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