Rockies call up four Sky Sox Players for September stretch

The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has added four players to its active roster. Right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta and left-handed pitcher Randy Flores were both recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Additionally, the club selected the contracts of infielder Jason Giambi and catcher Paul Phillips. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Giambi and Phillips, the club recalled pitchers Greg Reynolds and Greg Smith and placed them on the 60-day disabled list. Peralta (#52), Flores (#53), Giambi (#23) and Phillips (#39) all will be in uniform for tonight’s Rockies vs. Mets game at Coors Field. Joining those four players in uniform tonight will be Special Assistant Rick Mathews, who has been added to the Major League coaching staff for the month of September.

Peralta, 33, went 0-3 with a 5.85 ERA (20.0 ip, 13 er) in 22 games for the Rockies this season. He recorded six holds and finished five games for the club during his only Major League stint of 2009, from May 19 through July 20. Peralta faced almost as many left-handed hitters (13-for-39) as right-handers (9-for-40) but held opposing righties to a clip of .225. In 31 games (all as a reliever) for the Triple-A Sky Sox, Peralta is 6-0 with a 2.45 ERA (36.2 ip, 10 er). He has four saves along with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks with the minor league club.

Peralta has pitched in the Majors in each of the last five seasons, including the 2008 campaign, when he went 1-2 with a 5.98 ERA (52.2 ip, 35 er) in 40 relief appearances for Kansas City. He made his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005. Since his debut in 2005, Peralta is 4-11 with two saves and a 4.56 ERA (268.2 ip, 136 er) in 216 games.

The 34-year-old Flores will be making his second appearance on the Rockies Major League roster this season. He appeared in 16 games from May 16 through July 4, posting a 5.63 ERA (8.0 ip, 5 er) with no wins or losses. The left-hander pitched less than one inning in 12 of his 16 outings, logging a total of seven holds while with Colorado. He allowed one home run to left-handed hitters as well as one homer to righties, however, he held lefty hitters to lower opponents batting average (.286) than righties (.357). Flores went 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA (31.2 ip, 15 er) in 38 relief outings for the Sky Sox. He logged 33 strikeouts while issuing 11 walks.

In all or parts of seven Major League seasons with St. Louis (2004-08), Colorado (2009, 2002) and Texas (2002), Flores is 9-4 with a 4.81 ERA (215.0 ip, 115 er). He has pitched in 281 regular season games, making just three starts, two of which were with the Rockies. Flores joined the Rockies during the 2002 season after the club claimed him on waivers on July 18. He appeared in eight games for Colorado, going 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA (17.0 ip, 18 er).

Giambi, 38, agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the Rockies on August 24 and was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He hit .444 (8-for-18) with 4 RBI and six walks in six games. He hit homers in back-to-back games, August 29-30. He spent his first five games serving as the club’s designated hitter before playing first base and 1-for-2 with a double in his final game with the club last night. Prior to joining the Rockies organization, Giambi hit .193 (52-for-269) with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 83 games for the Oakland Athletics this season. He played 58 games at first base before being released by the club on August 7. Prior to being released Giambi was on the 15-day day disabled list (July 20-August 7) with a strained right quadriceps. He signed as a free agent with the A’s on January 8, 2009.

Giambi ranks among the active Major League leaders in several offensive categories: Home runs (8th-407), RBI (9th-1319), extra-base hits (12th-791), walks (6th-1255) and on-base pct. (6th-.405). He has played all 1933 games of his career for American League teams but owns a .274 (174-for-636) batting average with 44 home runs and 137 RBI in 193 games against National League clubs in his career.

The 15-year Major League veteran was originally drafted by the A's in the second round of the 1992 June Draft and made his Major League debut with Oakland in 1995. He was named American League MVP in 2000 after batting .333 with career highs in home runs (43), RBI (137) and walks (137), and then finished second in MVP balloting in 2001 when he set an Oakland record with a career high .342 batting average, while adding 38 home runs and 120 RBI. He spent seven seasons with New York, where he was a .260 hitter with 209 home runs and 604 RBI in 897 games. Giambi left New York ranked 10th on the Yankees all-time home run list.

Phillips, 32, batted .325 (13-for-40) with one home run and 7 RBI in 13 games for the Rockies from May 25 through July 1. He recorded a career-best 7-game hit streak from June 5-27, going 10-for-27 (.370) in that stretch. Phillips made 12 starts at catcher, and the Rockies went 9-3 in his starts. He joined the club on May 24, when the Rockies purchased his contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace Chris Iannetta (15-day disabled list).

Phillips finished last season with the American League Central Division champion White Sox, going 0-for-2 in just four games in September. A non-roster invitee to Spring Training with the Rockies this season, Phillips has spent time in the Major Leagues in parts of six seasons since 2004. In 75 games with the Rockies (2009), White Sox (2008) and Royals (2004-07), Phillips has compiled a .267 average (52-for-195) with 3 home runs and 23 RBI. He was selected by Kansas City in the ninth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft.

Reynolds, 24, has pitched in one game for the Triple-A Sky Sox this season. He started the game on April 9 vs. Las Vegas, allowing 5 runs in 4.1 innings. He made 14 appearances, 13 starts, for the Rockies in 2008 during the only Major League stint of his career. Reynolds was selected by Colorado in the first round (second overall) in the 2006 June draft. The right-hander has missed time this season due to right shoulder soreness.

Smith, 25, has pitched at three different levels on the Rockies minor league system this season. Most recently, he pitched 2.2 innings in a start on July 26 for Colorado Springs. Acquired by the Rockies along with Huston Street and Carlos Gonzalez in exchange for Matt Holliday last November, Smith went 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA (190.1 ip, 88 er) in 32 starts during his 2008 rookie season with the A’s. He was originally selected by Arizona in the 6th round of the 2005 June Draft. The lefty has had back and arm ailments this season.

Mathews, who is in his first season as Special Assistant – Baseball Operations, served as the Rockies Major League bullpen coach from 2003-08. An original Rockie, Mathews has been with the franchise for all 18 seasons. Prior to the 2003 campaign, Mathews spent seven years as Colorado’s roving pitching coordinator.