McHugh had quality start for Rockies

McHugh had quality start for Rockies

DENVER -- Collin McHugh, drafted out of Berry in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft, is pitching in the majors again. McHugh started on the mound for the Colorado Rockies when they faced the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Click HERE for a photo gallery of the game.

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Right-hander Collin McHugh, in his second Rockies start and first since July 27, held the Cards to one run and four hits in five efficient innings, as he threw only 72 pitches. McHugh found out three days ago he'd be pitching on Monday. It was a spot-start, because 16-game winner Jorge De La Rosa is dealing with a bruised left thumb, plus other issues on his pitching hand.

"There was a little rust, definitely some breaking balls I'd like to have back, but other than that I was pleased," McHugh said.

On June 18, the New Tork Mets traded McHugh to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Eric Young Jr. McHugh pitched for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the Pacific Coast League before being called up by the Rockies for a spot-start against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 27th. McHugh gave up six earned runs in five innings with two strikeouts against the Brewers.

The Rockies sent him back to Colorado Springs the next day and he has been with the Sky Sox since then. In his last six starts with the Sky Sox, McHugh is (1-2) with 18 earned runs in 29.2 innings pitched. He has also struck out 31 batters while walking only eight.

Last summer, he was called up to the New York Mets. He pitched in three games including a start against the Miami Marlins. He was (0-1) with a 10.29 ERA and three strikeouts with the Mets. After the start against the Marlins the Mets designated McHugh for assignment in the minor leagues.