This season, Kevin Millwood was unable to break into the Boston Red Sox rotation. On Wednesday, Millwood will get a start for the Colorado Rockies in hopes of establishing himself in their rotation.
The 36-year-old, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season after pitching the 2010 season in Baltimore, will replace injured pitcher Juan Nicasio and start in Cincinnati. Millwood was granted his release from the Red Sox on Sunday and signed with Colorado soon after.
After going 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA in 2010, Millwood signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees this offseason. After opting out in May, Millwood signed with the Red Sox and joined Triple-A Pawtucket. With Pawtucket, Millwood went 6-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 82-plus innings.
Millwood said that even he was surprised by how quickly things came about with the Rockies.
"This kind of came out of nowhere for me," Millwood told MLB.com. "I had heard a little bit about this becoming a possibility on Saturday. Then I left Sunday to go home and that's kind of when it all happened. I was going home to Gainesville, Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta. I was going home and living my life. I kind of had come to the point where I was OK with it."