Rockies Sign Kevin Millwood; May Replace Nicasio on Roster

Alex SchuhartCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2011

Kevin Millwood has found a new home.
Kevin Millwood has found a new home.J. Meric/Getty Images

Just a day after the Boston Red Sox released Kevin Millwood, the Colorado Rockies scooped him up by signing him to a minor league contract.

It appears he will replace Juan Nicasio on the Rockies active roster. He may pitch for the club as soon as Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.

Millwood, who has not appeared in the majors yet this season, is 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 minor league starts. He has 76 strikeouts in 89.2 innings.

Millwood began the 2011 season in the New York Yankees’ minor league system but was granted free agency on May 1. He then signed with the Red Sox, with whom it was thought he might make an appearance later in the year.

Apparently that is not going to happen.

Once a steady, though unspectacular starter, Millwood shot his career in its metaphorical foot last season by going 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 31 starts for the Baltimore Orioles.

Millwood began his major league career with the Atlanta Braves in 1997 and pitched for them until 2002. He had perhaps the best years of his career with the Braves, winning 18 games for them twice.

He pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003 and 2004, tossing a no-hitter for them his first season. He then twirled for the Cleveland Indians in 2005 and the Texas Rangers from 2006 to 2009, before landing with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.

He is 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in his 14-year career.