The Modesto Nuts will welcome their first rehab player of the young season on Monday when pitcher David Hale joins the team.
Hale, 27, appeared in 45 games last season for the Atlanta Braves, making six starts and going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA.
The righty came to Colorado in the deal that sent Jose Briceno and former Nuts’ catcher Chris O’Dowd to the Braves, with Hale and Gus Schlosser coming to the Rockies organization.
Hale went into spring training as a top candidate for a spot in Colorado’s starting rotation, but went down with a strained oblique in late March and is just now getting back to game action. That place in the Rockies’ rotation went to former Nut Eddie Butler.
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The plan is for Hale to start for the Nuts on Monday and go three innings in their series-opener against Visalia. The Modesto rotation will be pushed back a day, with Monday’s scheduled starter Konner Wade going on Tuesday. Hale’s stay with the Nuts is not known at this time.
So here’s some Hale trivia. He was a third-round pick of the Braves in 2009 out of Princeton University and when he returns to the Rockies’ roster will be one of four former Princeton players active in the major leagues. Can you name any of the other three?
1. Yankees catcher J.R. Murphy; 2. Padres outfielder Will Venable; 3. Royals reliever Chris Young.
Count yourself a true baseball geek if you got any of the three.
Bee staff writer Brian VanderBeek can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2150. Follow him on Twitter @modestobeek.