With Colorado starter Jeff Francis moving to the disabled list on Thursday with a left groin strain, the Rockies called up right-hander Tyler Chatwood to start Saturday's game against the Giants.
In Chatwood's last outing on April 29, he threw six scoreless innings in a 12-2 victory over the Dodgers before he was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to clear room for the return of Todd Helton and right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin from the DL.
But Chatwood impressed the Rockies enough to warrant a callup now that a spot in the rotation has opened back up. After starting 25 games for the Angels in 2011, he only pitched in 19 with Colorado last season, and only 12 of those were starts. The 23-year-old is hoping to prove himself, so this trip to the Majors is the one that sticks.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum will oppose Chatwood in the third game of the teams' four-game series at Coors Field. The former Cy Young winner has struggled through the early part of this season, much like he did during his 2012 campaign. The 28-year-old right-hander threw one of his best outings on Sunday, when he held Atlanta to two hits and no runs over seven innings while striking out seven. It was the first time in 22 starts that Lincecum had pitched at least seven innings, dating back to July 14, 2012.
Although Lincecum has had his difficulties, the Giants are 6-2 in games he's started this season. He'll be making his 25th career start against the Rockies, against whom he's 11-7 with a 3.76 ERA. He didn't receive a decision in his matchup against the Rockies earlier this season, but he was tagged for six runs in six innings in San Francisco's 9-6 win.
Giants: The streak continues
Marco Scutaro's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 16 games, currently the longest active streak in the Majors. The longest hit streak of his career is 20 games, which he accomplished last season.
Before this stretch, the Giants second baseman was hitting .215 through the first 23 games. He's hitting .485 (32-for-66) during the streak, raising his average to .327 on the season.
Since the Giants acquired Scutaro on July 28, no player in baseball has more hits than his 137 (99 games).
Rockies: Nicasio bumped to Sunday
Chatwood's activation on Saturday allows the Rockies to pitch Juan Nicasio on an extra day of rest in Sunday's finale. Nicasio has had his difficulties. The six innings he threw in his last outing were the longest he'd gone into a game since his first start of the season, but he still gave up all five runs in the Rockies' 5-1 loss to the Cubs.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss said that he sees Nicasio's potential during bullpen sessions, and he knows he has it in him to succeed.
• The Rockies' 10-9 win over the Giants on Friday ended their 10-game losing streak against the National League West rivals.
Ethan Asofsky This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.