Colorado Rockies roster shakeup puts Brian Serven in line for MLB debut

Brian Serven has shown he can produce at the minor league level. Now the Colorado Rockies are going to give him a chance to show what he can do by working with and beating against MLB pitchers.

Serven, 27, was at the Colorado Rockies clubhouse on Tuesday before the Rockies and San Francisco Giants continued their streak at Coors Field. He is expected to make his MLB debut on Wednesday afternoon when he takes his place behind the plate as Kyle Freeland (a pitcher with whom he has plenty of experience in several spring trainings) takes the mound in the final against San Francisco.

Of course, Serven could potentially be used Tuesday night in a hitting or defensive backup role, but he’ll likely have his first MLB at bat on Wednesday morning.

What can Brian Serven bring to the Colorado Rockies?

This year, in 77 at bats with the Albuquerque Triple-A Isotopes, Serven has cut .273/.406/.506 with five home runs and 11 RBIs. He also walked (16) more times than he punched (15).

“Brian was playing and doing really well,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “Hopefully he can continue his game in major league games. We also have great reports from our minor league player development managers on the defensive side.

Serven said he was told of his first-ever MLB call-up by manager Warren Schaeffer and hitting coach Jordan Pacheco while dining in Salt Lake City where the Isotopes were scheduled to face the Bees.

“I was in shock immediately,” Serven said. “Then I called my parents and kinda broke down after that.”

Serven flew to Denver Tuesday morning and was focused on teaching the Rockies pitchers before the game.

With Serven now on the active roster, the Rockies sent wide receiver Dom Nuñez to Triple-A. Black said the move was a way to ensure Nuñez got regular hits, something he wasn’t playing behind Elias Díaz in Colorado.

“Dom has just over 30 plate appearances this season,” Black said, referring to the 36 at-bats in 12 games won by the 27-year-old Nuñez. “And look at the second half of last year (Nuñez had 76 at-bats after the All-Star break as Díaz warmed up and became a fixture for the Rockies). His at-bats weren’t many, so I think we just said, “Let Dom play.”

Black said he expected Nuñez to see a lot of action for the Isotopes, starting Tuesday night in Salt Lake through the series finale with the Bees on Sunday.

Both Serven and Nuñez spent time with the Rockies at their alternate site during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Additionally, Serven will be the second Rockies prospect to make his MLB debut this season, with Elehuris Montero going 2-for-4 in his first MLB action on May 1.

Meanwhile, the Rockies placed starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back sprain. Reliever Justin Lawrence was recalled from Triple-A to take Senzatela’s spot on the roster.

Black will have some decisions to make with the rotation on Sunday when Senzatela’s spot comes up. However, Chad Kuhl, starting Tuesday, could fit in, with Thursday’s day off keeping him on his regular pitching schedule.

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