The Colorado Rockies are in the middle of the pack in the NL West, and manager Jim Tracy is making it clear the club will not hesitate to shake things up.
Ellis was acquired Thursday from Oakland for a minor league pitcher, and he will be expected to provide stability at second. Colorado (39-42) has also used Jose Lopez(notes), Chris Nelson(notes), Jonathan Herrera(notes) and Eric Young(notes) Jr. at the position.
“I think the message with this acquisition of a veteran, proven major league player is there’s no scholarship program here. This is not a feel-good situation,” said Tracy following a 6-4 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, the Rockies’ fifth in six games that kept them 6 1/2 games behind West-leading San Francisco.
However, the 34-year-old Ellis also has a long history of injuries, having played fewer than 124 games in six of his first eight seasons. A .265 hitter, Ellis is batting a career-low .217 with one homer and 16 RBIs in 62 contests.
Both wins by Nicasio (2-1, 5.08 ERA) have come in Denver, where he has a 3.00 ERA in three starts.
The right-hander hasn’t recorded a decision in his last two games, but he’s been tagged for 10 runs and 11 hits through 9 2-3 innings of road matchups with Cleveland and the New York Yankees.
“In the first two innings he was consistently 95, 96 (mph). Then starting in the third, fourth, fifth inning, the velocity started dropping down to 92, 93,” the Yankees’ Nick Swisher(notes) said of Nicasio after the Rockies’ 6-4 loss Sunday.
Though he’s pitched well in interleague play, Duffy (1-2, 4.61) has yet to win. The left-hander has no record and a 3.38 ERA in two such matchups.
He surrendered two runs on back-to-back homers over seven innings Saturday in Kansas City’s 3-2 home win over the Chicago Cubs.
The Royals are 1-3 in Duffy’s four road starts.
Kansas City (33-48) fell to 0-6 all-time at Petco Park following Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Padres that capped a three-game sweep. The Royals have lost five straight on the road and nine of 11 overall.
“It’s a very weird funk we’re in,” manager Ned Yost said. “We play actually pretty decent baseball most of the time. But we’re not winning baseball games.”
Second baseman Chris Getz(notes) has been an unlikely source of offense for Kansas City. He’s batting .412 in interleague play and has hit safely in all six road games against NL foes. Getz is hitting only .231 against the AL.
The Rockies have won five of nine games from the Royals at Coors Field.