Col­orado Rock­ies

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The con­sis­tency of the Rock­ies’ start­ing pitch­ing this sea­son will be tough to sus­tain be­cause of two re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

The sea­son-open­ing ro­ta­tion had re­mained in­tact un­til

con­sid­ered the team’s ace, was sent to Class AAA on June 30 af­ter sev­eral shaky out­ings. Then went on the dis­abled list be­cause of a fin­ger blis­ter.

The Rock­ies had 40 qual­ity starts, fourth in the league, through 88 games. In a stretch of 15 games through July 7, the ro­ta­tion had 10 qual­ity starts and a 2.55 ERA.

Gray, Chad Bet­tis Jon Kyle Free­land

will take a 3.18 ERA into a start against Ari­zona on July 12. Fel­low left-han­der is bet­ter than av­er­age, too, with a 3.90 ERA through 18 starts.

will be aim­ing for his third straight start of al­low­ing one run or fewer runs when he pitches on July 11.

Bet­tis could re­turn this week­end. In his first Class AAA out­ing, Gray gave up only two runs, struck out six and didn’t al­low a walk in six in­nings.

❚ The Den­ver Post sug­gested Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wil­son Ramos as a trade can­di­date for the Rock­ies this month. Last sum­mer, Col­orado added a vet­eran catcher, Jonathan Lu­croy, now with the Oak­land A’s.

Tyler An­der­son Marquez Ger­man

the solid tan­dem of (el­i­gi­ble for free agency at the end of the sea­son) and

Gran­dal Austin Barnes. Keib­ert Yas­mani

This month’s ad­di­tion of’s top-ranked player in the in­ter­na­tional ama­teur mar­ket, gives the Dodgers an­other much touted prospect at catcher.

Car­taya, 16, is a “great re­ceiver,” the web­site sug­gested. As a hit­ter, he draws praise for his con­tact skills, pitch recog­ni­tion and feel for the strike zone.

The fran­chise’s top-ranked prospect, ac­cord­ing to Base­ball Amer­ica, is 19-year-old catcher

who was five years younger than the weighted av­er­age in the Class AA South­ern League but was throw­ing out 32 per­cent of run­ners try­ing to steal.

❚ Right fielder trip to the dis­abled list be­cause of a strained mus­cle in his right

Diego Car­taya, Ruiz, Yasiel Puig’s

side pre­sented a new op­por­tu­nity for who had a break­through sea­son with the Dodgers in 2016 but has been plagued by in­juries since. Toles was hitting .324 in Class AAA.

An­drew Toles,

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