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Rockies reinstate Ian Desmond and place Tyler Chatwood on DL

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 18: Colorado Rockies Outfield Ian Desmond (20) throws a ball into the stands during game 1 of a MLB doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies on May 18, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Rockies defeated the Twins 5-1.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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The Colorado Rockies have reinstated infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list and have placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the disabled list, according to the Rockies’ public relations department.

Desmond was dealing with a right calf strain.

The 31-year-old has been having a bit of a rough year at the plate, currently owning a slash line of .283/.321/.388 with five home runs and 26 RBI over 236 plate appearances.

His .709 OPS is his lowest mark since 2011.

Last year with the Texas Rangers, Desmond slashed .285/.335/.446 while connecting with 22 long balls and 29 doubles and driving in 86 runs across 677 trips to the plate. Additionally, he stole 21 bases. He parlayed those numbers into his second All-Star appearance and a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies.

The Sarasota, Fla., native was originally selected by the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) in the third round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He made his major-league debut in 2009 and eventually became a fixture at shortstop for the Nationals for seven years, making the All-Star team in 2012. Desmond then signed a one-year deal with the Rangers in February 2016.

Like Desmond, Chatwood is also hampered by a right calf strain.

The righty has started 19 games for Colorado this season, going 6-11 with a 4.74 ERA. Over 106.1 innings of work, Chatwood has allowed just 94 hits but has issued a league-leading 60 walks. He has also surrendered 15 home runs.

The Rockies are currently 52-41 and have fallen 11.5 games behind the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West Division.

They are looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets on Sunday.

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