Farm Report: Rusin Makes 2019 Debut in Rehab Assignment With Albuquerque Monday

Chris Rusin begins rehab assignment Monday night© Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

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Lefthander Chris Rusin, who hasn't pitched in a game since March 1 in spring training because of mid-back strain, is scheduled to return to the mound in a rehab assignment with AAA Albuquerque at Tacoma Monday night, the first of two lefthanders out of the Rockies bullpen who will pitch for the Isotopes this week.

Jake McGee, on the injured list since April 2 with a left knee sprain, flew to Scottsale on Sunday to workout with the players in extended spring training. He will face hitters during a side session on Tuesday, and then join AAA Albuquerque in El Paso on Wednesday.

They both could rejoin the Rockies during a May 14-23 road trip that takes the team to Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Rockies left-handed reliever situation took another turn last weekend when Harrison Musgrave was placed on the injured list with a left elbow strain. The seriousness of Musgrave's injury won't be known until later this week.

The Rockies were waiting for swelling to subside before running further tests.

In Sunday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (17-14) lost 7-0 at Tacoma (Mariners). Yonathan Daza (.393) was 1-for-3 with a walk and his fifth stolen bases for the Isotopes, who were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Pat Valaika (.304) and Peter Mooney (.278) also singled. David Holman (0-2, 10.80) allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks, striking out one in 4 2/3 innings.

AA Hartford (16-15) won 7-1 at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Colton Welker (.333) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Vince Fernandez (.282) tripled home a run and scored. Rico Garcia (3-0, 1.71) allowed three hits and a run, striking out seven, in seven innings.

High A Lancaster (16-15) was two-hit in an 8-0 loss to Lake Elsinore (Padres). Sean Bouchard (.274) and Todd Czinege (.274) both singled. Antonio Santos (1-2, 4.31) allowed five runs on 11 hits, striking out two, in four innings.

Low A Asheville (10-19) lost 10-9 to Delmarva (Orioles). The Tourists were unable to protect a 9-5 lead after seven innings. Former first-round draft choice Riley Pint (23.14), who has battled control issues, pitched a full inning for the first time since his first appearance of the year. He walked two, but did not allow a hit, and struck out two in a scoreless inning. Raymells Rosa (108.00), meanwhile, gave up four runs while retiring only one batter in the eighth, and PJ Poulin (1-1, 3.68), who relieved Rosa and was charged with one run and suffered the loss. Alfredo Garcia (9.72) started and allowed four runs on five hits and two walks, striking out six, in five innings. Luke Morgan (.276) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Willie MacIver (.299) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. John Cresto (.309) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Datres (.214) was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

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