The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that outfielder Ryan Spilborghs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. To take his place on the roster, outfielder Seth Smith was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Smith (#25) will be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Spilborghs, 28, is hitting .314 (58-for-185) with 6 home runs and 33 RBI in 72 games for the Rockies this season. He currently ranks second on the club in on-base percentage (.420). That figure ranks fifth in the National League among players with at least 150 at-bats. He was hitting .440 (11-for-25) with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in his last 7 games. The versatile defender has played all three outfield positions this season.
Smith, 25, is hitting .256 (11-for-43) with one home run and 3 RBI in 13 games with the Rockies this season. This will mark his third stint with the major league club in 2008. He hit .262 (11-for-42) with a home run, 2 doubles and 3 RBI in 12 games for the Rockies during his first recall from May 24-June 8. The 25-year-old recorded a career-high 3 hits (3-for-5) on May 27 at Philadelphia. The Rockies’ second round selection in the 2004 June draft owns a career .314 (16-for-51) average with one home run and 3 RBI in 20 major league games from 2007-08. He was recently named along with Joe Koshansky and Christian Colonel to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.