Rex Brothers' Saturday was busy one. Before the Rockies afternoon tilt with Atlanta, the left-hander was still en route from El Paso to Denver, hurrying toward Coors Field in preparation for his return to the Major Leagues. The Rockies called up Brothers on Saturday, giving them four southpaws in the bullpen.
In response to Thursday's rain delay -- which cut Kyle Kendrick's start short and forced Friday's initial starter David Hale into relief duty -- the Rockies made a flurry of roster moves before Friday's game with the Braves.
Aaron Steven Laffey graduated from Allegany (MD) High School in 2003 where he played basketball and baseball...Won the Skip Cook Memorial Award in 2003 as the Cumberland Times-News High School Baseball Player of the Year...Committed to Virginia Tech before signing with the Indians.2012Made 22 appearances (16 starts) for Toronto...As a starter, he went 4-6 with a 4.81 ERA...In 86.0 innings, he gave up 90
hits, 51 runs, 46 earned, with 30 walks and 41 strikeouts...Out of the
bullpen, he was 0-0 in six games with a 3.07 ERA...Worked 14.2 innings
and permitted 10 hits, five runs earned, with seven walks and seven
strikeouts...Began the year with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League...His
contract was selected by Toronto on April 9 and he returned to Las Vegas
on April 15...Recalled again on May 28 and sent back down on May 31...Did
not pitch for the Blue Jays on either of those occasions...Recalled for a final time on June 11 and stayed with the Blue Jays the
remainder of the year...His first four outings for Toronto came out of the bullpen...Made 11 straight starts from June 26-August 22...Had two more relief
outings (August 27 and September 2) before he returned to the rotation
on September 8...Went 2-1 with two no-decisions and a 2.70 ERA through his first five starts
of the year (nine earned runs/30.0 innings)...Over his last 11 starts, he went
2-5 with a 5.65 ERA (37 earned runs/56.0 innings)...Held the opposition to a .260 batting average...Coming into the season,
clubs had batted at a .290 clip against him...Lefthanded batters went from
a .268 career mark to .239 (28-117), while righthanders dropped from .300
to .269 (72-268)...Pitched to a 5.30 ERA (22 earned runs/37.1 innings) during the day...Has a
career 3.97 ERA at night and a 5.34 mark during the day...Went a season-high 7.0 innings to earn a win at Boston on July 20...Gave
up no runs and eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts...Pitched 6.0 innings in six other games.2011Split time between Seattle and New York, combining to go 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 47 relief appearances...The 47 appearances and 3.88 ERA were career marks... MAN ON THE MOVE: Went to spring as a member of the Cleveland Indians before being traded to Seattle on March 2 for 2B Matt Lawson... Broke camp with Seattle and stayed with parent club until July 2 when he was optioned to Tacoma... Was designated for assignment on Aug. 17 and claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees on Aug. 19... Was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Aug. 21 and sent to Scranton-Wilkes Barre on Aug. 23... Was recalled by the Yankees on Sept. 2, where would spend the balance of the season... Was acquired by Kansas City off waivers in the off-season and then signed by Toronto to a free agent contract after being non-tendered... BIG START: Got off to a quick start in Seattle, not allowing a run in his first five outings (7.0 IP), and only twice in his first 13 outings (21.1 IP/3 ER) for a 1.27 ERA... Through the All-Star Game posted a 1.87 ERA in 27 appearances... In nine appearances after the break with Seattle recorded a 12.00 ERA... NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Made 11 relief appearances in September for the Yankees serving primarily as a lefty specialist... Posted a 2.25 ERA in eight outings of one inning or less and a 4.05 ERA in three outings of more than one inning... Left-handed hitters batted .222 while right-handed batters hit .467.2010Split the season between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus in a relief and starting role before ending the season in the Indians bullpen. ...Began the year in the Indians bullpen and made his 2010 debut on April 5 at Chicago-AL (2.0IP, 0H, 0R, BB)... Did not allow a run in his first 3 appearances of the year (3.1IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB) before yielding 2 runs on 5 hits in 1.2IP on April 14 vs. Texas... Made 9
appearances during the month of April going 0-0 w/a 3.97 ERA (11.1IP, 12H, 5R/ER, 2BB, 4K).
...Did not allow a run in 7 consecutive appearances from April 27-May 14 (8.1IP, 9H, 6BB, 4K)... Suffered his first loss of the season on
May 21 vs. Cincinnati (1.0IP, 2H, 2R/ER, BB, K)... Tossed a season-relief high of 3.0IP on May 24 vs. Chicago (3.0IP, 2H, 1R/ER, BB,
K)... Allowed runs in each of his last 5 appearances during May, including allowing 6 runs in 1.1IP (2H, 3BB, 2K) in his final appearance
with Cleveland on May 29 at New York-AL... In May was 0-1 w/a 6.91 ERA (14.1IP, 18H, 11R/ER, 11BB, 7K) in 11 games... Optioned
to AAA Columbus May 30th to be stretched out as a starter... Was 0-1 w/a 5.61 ERA (25.2IP, 30H, 16R/ER, 13BB, 11K) in 20
appearances all out of the bullpen during his 1st stint.
... Made his 1st start of the season at AAA Columbus on June 4 at Indianapolis as he suffered the loss in a Clippers 5-0 loss to the
Indians... 4.2IP, 7H, 2R/ER, 2BB, 3K... Tossed 5.0 innings (ND, 4H, 3R/ER, 3BB, 2K) on June 8 vs. Rochester... Allowed just 1 runs
on 5 hits on June 19th at Pawtucket in his last start with the Clippers... 5.2IP, 5H, 1R/ER, 7BB, 2K... In 4 starts with the Clippers
was 0-1 w/a 3.98 ERA (20.1IP, 21H, 0R/ER, 15BB, 9K)... Recalled to Cleveland on June 25 to enter the rotation.
... Fell to 0-2 in his 1st start of the season on Friday, June 25 vs. the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ballpark, a 10-3 win for the
Reds and Aaron Harang (4.0IP, 5H, 5R/ER, 3BB, 5K, 2-run HR to Stubbs in the 2nd inning)...Won his first game since August 2009 in
his 2nd start vs. Toronto on June 30 (6.0IP, 5H, 1R/ER)...Was 2-2 w/a 3.60 ERA in 5 starts from June 25-July 19 after joining the
rotation (25.0IP, 27H, 10ER, 15BB, 16K).
...Was placed on the 15-day DL on July 23 with left shoulder fatigue and rehab appearances in Lake County, Akron and Triple-
A Columbus from August 16-30 before being activated and optioned to AAA Columbus on August 31 for the remainder of the
minor league season and playoffs.
... Did not allow a run over his last 5 relief appearances of the regular season at Columbus (5.1IP, 4H, 0R)...As a reliever for Columbus
he allowed 2 runs in 6 outings (2.70ERA, 6.2IP, 8H, 2R/ER)...Batters overall at Triple A were 5-for-31 (.161) off him with RISP.
... Recalled for 3rd and final time on September 18 and spent rest of the season with the Indians, appearing in 4 games (3.60ERA,
5.0IP, 5H, 2R/ER).2009Had a solid season and was one of the club's most consistent starters in August before losing his last 6 starts in Sept/Oct. to drop his record from 7-3 to finishing at 7-9...Optioned to AAA Columbus out of spring training on March 25 after competing for the 5th spot in the rotation and recalled on April 15 to assume Scott Lewis'
(forearm DL) in the rotation after making just one start for the Clippers on April 11 in Louisville (3.1IP, 6H, 5R/ER)...Made Tribe 2009 debut in KC on April 15 (ND, 5.1IP, 3H, 2R/ER, 3BB, 5K, KC was 3-for-18, .167 off him)...Won
2nd start vs. KC in Cleveland on April 21 (7.0IP, 7H, 1R)...In that start he became the first pitcher in 39 years (May 6, 1970, DET P LEO CAIN) to induce GIDPs in 5 consecutive innings...Was converted to relief after start of May 2 after going 2-0 w/a 4.09 ERA in 4 starts to begin the season (22.0IP, 21H, 10ER) after the ineffectiveness of the bullpen necessitated the move...Earned his 1st career save on May
6 at Boston (3.0IP, 2H, 0R, K) as he made his 1st career regular season relief appearance...Made 5 other relief appearances before suffering a right oblique strain in his outing on May 22nd at Cincinnati and was placed on the 15-day DL the next day...As a reliever was 1-1 with a save and a 3.65 ERA (12.1IP, 11H, 5ER, 4BB, 9K) in 6
appearances...Made 4 rehab starts between AA Akron (2) and AAA Columbus (2) going 0-1 with a 6.91 ERA (14.1IP, 21H, 11R/ER, 10BB, 9K)...Suffered the loss in his final rehab start of July 3 at Toledo as he allowed 7 runs on 10
hits in 4.0 innings...Activated from DL on July 8 and made 5th start of the season, his first since May 2, that night at Chicago-AL (L#2, 6.0IP, 7H, 4R/ER)...Tossed 7.0IP and struck out a career-high 7 in notching his 4th win at Seattle on July 24 (7.0IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 7K)...Earned his 5th win while tossing a career-high 8.0 inning
on August 5 vs. Minnesota (8.0IP, 6H, 1R/0ER, BB, 5K)...In August he was 3-0 w/a 2.20 ERA (32.2IP, 30H, 10R/8ER, 13BB, 14K) in 5 starts...Won his 3rd straight start on August 16 at Minnesota (7.1IP, 5H, 3ER)...Overall won 3 straight starts, August 5-16, and 4 of 5GS from July 24-August 16...Lost all 6 of his Sept/Oct starts as the Indians scored 18 runs over the 6GS 3.0RS/GS)...Worked a season-low 2.0IP in his final start at Boston on Oct 3, allowing grand slam to Victor Martinez (2.0IP, season-high 8R/ER)...Overall in Sept./Oct he was 0-6 w/a 7.39 ERA in 6GS (31.2IP, 53H, 26ER)...After returning from the DL he was 4-8 w/a 4.64 ERA in 15 starts (87.1IP, 108H, 45ER, .308AVG) and from July 24th on he was 4-7 w/ a 4.55 ERA in his last 13 starts (75.1IP, 93H, 38ER)...As a starter he was 6-8 w/a 4.53 ERA in 19 starts (109.1IP, 129H, 5ER)...Winless in last 8GS (0-5, 6.29ERA, 44.1IP, 66H, 31ER)...Induced 26 double plays (4th in the AL)...Allowed just .67 HR per 9.0IP (9HR, 121.2IP), 7HR allowed in last 80.1IP.2008Split the season between AAA Buffalo and Cleveland, and was a viable member of the Indians rotation for almost 2 months before struggling the second half of the season, missing the final part of the season with left elbow inflammation...Was the Buffalo opening day starter after being optioned out of spring training on March 24 after competing for
a spot in the rotation with Sowers and Cliff lee...Won 3 of his 5 starts in Buffalo and over his last 3 starts was
2-0 w/a 1.20 ERA (15.0IP, 7H, 2R/ER, 4BB, 13K, .127AVG)... Recorded 3 of Buffalo's first 8 wins and allowed
only 1 HR in his 26.0IP...Recalled from AAA Buffalo on April 28 and made his 2008 ML that night vs. the New York Yankees...Fell to 0-1
(5.2IP, 3H, 4R/ER) despite not allowing a hit over the first 5.0IP... Became the first pitcher since JON LIEBER
(Cubs vs. STL) on September 20, 1999 to receive a losing decision after at least 5.0IP no-hit innings...Fell to
0-2 in his 2nd start of the season for Cleveland on May 4 vs. KC (career-high 7.0IP, 4H, 1R/0ER, 2BB, careerhigh
5SO)...Indians scored 2 runs in his first 2 starts...Won his first game of the season on May 10 vs. Toronto (7.0IP, 6H, 0R), his first career win at home...Won
2nd straight start vs. Oakland on May 15 (7.0IP, 5H, 1R/0ER) and did not allow an earned run over his 3 starts
(21.0IP) from May 4-15... Suffered 3rd loss of the season on May 22 at Chicago-AL(7.0IP, 6H, 2R/ER) despite
yielding just 2 earned runs in 7.0 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Sox... Earned his 3rd victory in his start of Tuesday,
May 27, an 8-2 win over the White Sox and Mark Buehrle... 6.0IP, 7H, 2R/1ER, BB, 2K...ERA over his first 6 starts was 1.59 (39.2IP, 31H, 7ER, 8BB, 20K) and went 3-2 w/a 0.79 ERA in 5 May starts
(34.0IP, 28H, 3ER)...Was named Gillette AL rookie of the month for May...Went at least 5.0IP in his first 14
starts with the Indians...ERA over his first 11 starts with the Indians was 2.83 (70.0IP, 65H, 22ER)...Over his
last 5 starts with the Indians his ERA was 8.37 (23.2IP, 38H, 22ER) that took his ERA from 2.83 to 4.23 and
over his last 2 starts to start the 2nd half on July 18 & 23 he didn't make it out of the 4th inning (7.2IP, 21H,
11ER)...Was optioned to AAA Buffalo on July 26 and spent the remainder of the season with the Bisons...Was
in the top 10 among AL rookie pitchers in ERA, wins and innings at the time of his option...Made first start back with Buffalo on August 4 after a mental and physical breather from July 24 - August 3...Did
not allow an earned run over 2 consecutive starts at Buffalo on August 9 (8.0IP, 4H, 0R, 9K) and August 15
(6.0IP, 3H, 2R/0ER)...Over his last 2 starts at Buffalo he allowed 27 hits in 10.2IP (14ER)...During his August
stint in Buffalo he was 3-1 w/a 5.55 ERA in 6 starts (35.2IP, 48H, 22ER, 27K)...Was not recalled when rosters
expanded on Sept. 1 due to inflammation in his left pitching elbow...Major League hitters batted .281 (103-367, 10HR) off him as lefties hit .244 (22-90) and RH batted .292
(81-277, 7HR)...Batters hit .289 (46-159) with runners on and .233 (20-86) with RISP and .225 (9-40) with
RISP-2outs.2007Won 17 games between three different levels and ended the season as the club's s" starter and went at least 5.01Pin 8 of his 9 starts for the Indians ... Opened the season at AA Akron, where he spent the majority of 2006 ... Made 6 starts for the Aeros before earning his ticket to AAA Buffalo ... Sported a team-best 2.31 ERA in
the time of his promotion, holding opponents to 1R or less in 4 of his 6 starts Won his first 4 decisions of the
season, including 4 starts in a row from April 17-May 5... Held AA opponents to a .225 AVG... AAA-: Promoted to
Triple-A Buffalo on May 17, when he lost his Triple-A debut at Ottawa (6.0IP, 8H, 4R/ER, 1BB, 3K)... Lost his
first 3 starts and was tagged for 10R/ER on 12H over 2.21P in his 2nd start with the Bisons, May 22 vs.
Indianapolis... Made a dramatic turnaround following the May 22 setback, going 9-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 13
starts/14 app. since that day (87.2IP, 69H, 22R/19ER, 19BB, 72K) ... Fell to 0-3 on May 28 at Indianapolis
despite 8.0 solid innings. '.'Enjoyed a fantastic month of June, becoming the first Bisons player in the modern
era to win 6 games in a single month ... In June he went a perfect 6-0 in 6G/5GS with a 0.87 ERA (41.1IP,
30H, 6R14ER,7BB, 38K), pacing the IL in wins while ranking 2nd in ERA and 3rd in K... Spun a 2-hit CG
SHO on June 20 vs. Louisville (7.0IP, 1BB, 6K)... Capped off the month with a season-high 8.11Pand 9K in
defeating Rochester 4-1 on June 30... Won 7 straight outings from June 2-July 6 as he improved to 11-4 overall
between Akron and Buffalo ... Went unbeaten (9-0) in his last 12 starts/13 app. for Buffalo (since June 2)..
Crafted a 2.83 GB-FB ratio as a Bison and was named Bisons 2007 Warren Spahn Most Valuable
Pitcher.... Buffalo was 12-3 when he started ... Limited opponents to a .243 average during his time in Buffalo ...
His 13 combined wins led all Indians minor leaguers and his 2.88ERA (42ER/131.1IP) ranked 2nd... Although
ranking just 4th among Bisons pitchers w/96.1IP, Laffey led the club in wins (9; T-1st), CG (2), SHO (1; T-1st)
and ERA (3.08) ... BIG LEAGUES,: Cleveland purchased his contract on August 4 ... Debuted on August 4 at the
Metrodome, becoming the youngest Indians starter (22y, 111d) to debut since C.C. Sabathia (20y, 261d) on April 8, 2001 (Baseball
Reference) ... Dropped a 3-2 decision to Minnesota (5.1IP, 6H, 3R/ER, 1BB, 1K)... Posted his 1st Major League win in his 2nd start,
a 7-5 victory over Mark Buehrle in Chicago on August 9... 5.2IP, 5H, 4R1ER, 3BB, 4K... Was optioned back to Buffalo after his
August 9 start ... Won both of his starts in his return to Buffalo, earning IL Pitcher of the Week honors for August 13-19... 8.0IP, 4H,
2ER, 1BB, 8K vs. Rochester on August 14... 6.0IP, 8H, 1ER, 3BB, 5K at Ottawa on August 19... Was recalled from Buffalo to start in
Kansas City on August 25... Beat the Royals 9-4 after posting 6.0IP, 8H, 2R/ER, 1BB, 4K... Beat LA's Jered Weaver on Sept. 9 in
Anaheim (5.0IP, 6H, 2R/1 ER, 2BB, 3K)...Won final game of the year at KC (5.0IP, 4H, 1R/ER, OBB, 2K)... Allowed just 2.2 BB/91P
(12B/49.1IP) and 0.36 HR/91P(2HR/49.1IP)...Was 17-6 overall between the Majors, AAA and AA this year and has won 13 of his last
15 decisions at all levels.2006Split the season between A Kinston and AA Akron where he went 12-4 w/a 3.57 ERA in 29 games/23 starts (153.2IP, 159H, 54ER, 9HR, 39BB, 85K)...His 12 wins were tied for 3rd among Tribe farmhands and his 153.2IP were also 3rd...Did not make an error in 38 total chances between the 2 stops...Started the year at A Kinston
where he made his first 4 appearances in relief (15.0IP, 12H, 3ER)...Tossed a 7.0 inning, 5-hit CG shutout on
May 16 (0BB, 5K) vs. Potomac...Was promoted to AA Akron on May 24 w/a 2.18ERA, which was 4th in the
Carolina League at the time of the promotion behind Lewis (1st) and Lofgren (3rd)...Went on to make 19 starts for Akron and worked at least 5.0IP in 16 of the 19 starts...Over his last 7 starts he
was 3-1 w/a 2.95 ERA (39.2IP, 43H, 13ER, 21K)...Won 5 straight decisions from July 21 to August 18...Went
1-1 w/a 6.75 ERA in 2 Eastern League playoff starts (9.1IP, 9H, 7ER, 4BB, 15K)...RHH hit .272 (82-301) at AA
Akron and LHH hit .320 (39-122)...Batters were 5 for 38 (.132) off him with RISP-2 outs.2005Spent the season in the rotation at Lake County save a spot start at Akron on 9/4 (5.0IP, 8H, 2R/ER, 2BB, 6K) vs. Portland...Finished 8th in the South Atlantic League in ERA at 3.22...Named to the SAL mid-season all-star game...Earned a 4.0IP save (1H, 0R) on 4/16 vs. Lakewood...Tossed a 9.0IP, 3-hit complete game on
7/7 vs. Delmarva...Posted ERAs of 3.33 or less in April, May, June and July before sporting a 4.61 ERA in
August...Did not allow a run in 9.0IP in relief (2G).2004Started the year at Lake County and was sent to Mahoning Valley on 7/27...Posted a 1.24 ERA in 8 starts at MV.2003Signed on 7/1 and assigned to Burlington of the Appalachian League...Limited batters to a .183 average against (22-120, 0HR) and fanned 46 in 34.0IP...His 14.3 SO per 9.0IP were 2nd in the AL among relievers.