Rumor Central: Bullpen duty for Tyler Chatwood?

Tyler Chatwood could be an option for the Rockies' struggling bullpen when he comes off the disabled list. Bart Young/Getty Images

Amid speculation they are shopping for a reliever, the Colorado Rockies might move Tyler Chatwood to the bullpen when the right-hander comes off the disabled list.

Rumor CentralChatwood, who hasn't played since July 15 due to a strained right calf, pitched in a simulated game Monday and could be activated as soon as Wednesday. Using Chatwood as a reliever, at least for the short term, is “at least one of the considerations,” manager Bud Black told reporters, including Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

The 27-year-old Chatwood has struggled as a starter this season with a 6-11 record, a 4.74 ERA and 5.1 walks per nine innings. The right-hander has been used exclusively as a starter since 2012.

The Rockies are among the teams linked to Marlins reliever AJ Ramos. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets the Rockies, Cubs and Nationals have all expressed “strong interest” in the Miami right-hander.

ESPN's Sarah Langs says the Rockies could use bullpen help to bridge the gap to closer Derek Holland. Colorado ranks 25th in the majors with a 4.55 bullpen ERA.

-- Doug Mittler