May 9, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jeff Francis (26) delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies option Jeff Francis, calls up Chad Bettis

In other Major League Baseball roster moves, the Colorado Rockies have made the decision to option left handed pitcher Jeff Francis to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The move will clear a spot for Thursday’s starter, Chad Bettis. Francis has a terrible ERA of 6.63 on the season over 11 starts and 1 relief appearance.

Now, mentioned above is Chad Bettis, the Rockies purchased his contract today from Double-A Tulsa. After missing all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, the 24 year old right handed pitcher had an ERA of 3.71 and 68/13 K/BB ratio in 63 innings over 12 starts this season for Double-A.

In his last outing for Double-A Tulsa, the right hander allowed just 2 hits, striking out 8 against the Arkansa Travelers a week ago. Bettis will go head to head with Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves in his debut.

At the beginning of the season, Bettis was ranked as Tulsa’s top pitching prospect. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.

He has to be a decent pitcher, being called up from Double-A. With an ERA that Jeff Francis carries, how was he not sent to Tulsa?

The Rockies also designated Josh Sullivan for assignment, opening a spot on the 40 man roster for Bettis. Sullivan hasn’t pitched since April due to an injury and should clear waivers easily.

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