Rockies activate right-hander Hale from 15-day DL

DENVER (AP) Right-handed pitcher David Hale has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies and was scheduled to start Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals.

The Rockies made roster room for Hale the day before, when they optioned left-handed pitcher Ken Roberts to Triple A Albuquerque.

Hale takes the place in the rotation of Eddie Butler, who was optioned last week to the club's Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. Butler was 3-10 with a 5.90 ERA before being sent to Albuquerque.

Hale had been on the disabled list since July 10 because of a left groin strain. He was 3-4 with a 5.69 ERA in nine games - eight of them starts - for Colorado this season.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.