Rockies cut the cord on Jordan Lyles; Greg Holland returns with a bundle; Raimel Tapia back too

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rockies on Saturday finally cut the cord on beleaguered reliever Jordan Lyles, the final piece to the Dexter Fowler trade from 2013, cutting the former starter who had become a low-leverage innings eater.

Colorado designated Lyles for assignment and optioned right-hander Carlos Estevez to make room for closer Greg Holland, who returned after the birth of his daughter, and outfielder Raimel Tapia, called up from Triple-A.

Lyles will be available to other teams through waivers. If he clears waivers after seven days, the Rockies could outright him to Triple-A.

“He’s been a great teammate to all the guys,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “He came to the park every day ready to pitch. Never complained, no excuses. But he’ll be the first to tell you his performance was not where it needed to be.”

Lyles arrived in Colorado with Brandon Barnes in a trade with the Astros for Fowler. After struggling as a starter, the Rockies moved him to the bullpen last season and he struggled as a backup long reliever this year, with a 6.94 ERA over 46 2/3 innings.

Holland’s bundle. Holland returned from paternity leave Friday after his wife, Lacey, gave birth to a daughter, Hunter Nicole, on Thursday.

“At 4 p.m., on the nose,” Holland said. This leave was well-timed all around for Holland. He departed the Kansas City Royals during the American League Championship Series in 2014 for the birth of his first child, son Nash.

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