Roster Juggling Includes Activating Senzatela to Start Monday; Iannetta to IL

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The Rockies made the expected activation of Antonio Senzatela from the injured list so he could start Monday night against the Padres. That, however, was just the start of the roster juggling.

The Rockies remained with seven players on the injured list, placing catcher Chris Iannetta on the IL with a right lat strain.

Meanwhile, they optioned right-handed reliever Yency Almonte and outfielder Yonathan Daza to Triple-A Albuquerque, recalling outfielder Noel Cuevas from the Isotopes, and purchasing the contract of veteran catcher Sal Butera from Albuquerque. Butera was in the lineup on Monday night.

Butera, 35, was signed to a Minor League contract on March 25 after being released by the Phillies, and was 6-for-15 (.400) in five games for the Isotopes. He walked six times, scored three runs, had two doubles, an RBI and struck out twice.

The Rockies initially acquired Butera last August 31 from the Royals for left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto to provide veteran insurance down the stretch. He was not re-signed in the off-season, and went to spring training with the Phillies, who released him on March 22.

The son of former big-league catcher Sal Butera, Drew spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with Minnesota (2010-13), Los Angeles-NL (2013-14), Los Angeles-AL (2015), Kansas City (2015-18) and Colorado (2018). He also appeared in last year's Wild-Card Game for the Rockies, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

Butera has a career .201 average with 112 runs, 53 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs, 111 RBI, 82 walks and 281 strikeouts.

Cuevas, 27, was optioned to Triple-A on March 18 and will be making his first appearance with the Rockies this season. In 11 games at Albuqeruque he hit .378 (17-for-45) with 13 runs, three doubles, one triple, four home runs, 14 RBI, six walks, eight strikeouts and two stolen bases.

He had multiple hits in four of his last five games, including going 5-for-5 and hitting for his first career cycle on April 10 at Reno. He made his Major League debut with the Rockies 51 weeks ago, and appeared in 75 games at the big-league level.

The native of Camuy, Puerto Rico, hit .233 (34-for-146) with 16 runs, four doubles, one triple, two home runs, 10 RBI, six walks, 24 strikeouts and one stolen base last year with the Rockies.

Senzatela, 24, was placed on the 10-day injured list on March 28 (blister infection, right heel) and made his first rehab appearance with Albuquqerque on April 6, going five innings while allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts. In his second and final rehab appearance on last Thursday, he worked worked two scorless innings, allowing a single and strikin gout one.

The native of Valencia, Venezuela, Senzatela made his Major League debut on April 6, 2017, and has gone 16-11 with a 4.56 ERA (225.0 IP, 114 ER), 77 walks and 171 strikeouts across 59 career appearances (33 starts) for the Rockies. He made his first career postseason start in Game One of the 2018 NLDS at Milwaukee, and allowed two runs over five innings with two walks and one strikeout in the 3-2 Rockies loss.

Almonte, 24, was recalled from Albuquerque on April 7 and made three relief appearances for the Rockies, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched. He opened the season with the Isotopes, and in his one appearance worked one inning for a save, striking out the side against Salt Lake on April. 5.

Almonte made his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 21 of last season against the Mets. He had no decisions, but compiled a 1.84 ERA, allowing four walks and striking out 14 in 14 appearances covering 14 1/3 innings.

Originally drafted by the Angels in the 17th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Almonte was acquired by the Rockies from the White Sox in a Nov. 24, 2015 trade for right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle.

Daza, 25, was recalled from Triple-A on April 9 and made his Major League debut that night, starting in right field and batting leadoff. He went 0-for-11 with one walk and four strikeouts in three games with the Rockies. He has played parts of nine Minor League seasons, and is a career .310 hitter with 337 runs, 141 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs, 318 RBI, 110 walks, 328 strikeouts and 84 stolen bases.

The native of Maracay, Venezuela, was originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted international free agent on Oct. 20, 2010.

Iannetta, 36, is on the injured list for the first time since 2017 (concussion), the fourth time in his career. In 10 games with the Rockies this season, he hit .207 (6-for-29) with two runs, two doubles, one home run, two RBI, three walks and 14 strikeouts,

The Providence, R.I., native was originally drafted by the Rockies in 2004 and debuted for them on Aug. 27, 2006. He is a career .230 hitter in the big leagues with 431 runs, 173 doubles, 11 triples, 136 home runs, 483 RBI, 561 walks, 984 strikeouts and 11 stolen bases over parts of 14 seasons with Colorado (2006-11, 2018-19), Los Angeles-AL (2012-15), Seattle (2016) and Arizona (2017).

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