COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Ohio State left-handed pitcher Josh Newman has been recalled to the Major Leagues by the Colorado Rockies.

Newman, 25, received the call Tuesday afternoon in the fifth inning of Triple-A Colorado Springs’ game with Tacoma. He then had to hustle to Denver that same day to make the game between the Rockies and the Phillies.

“It’s been a long day, but I’m excited and ready to help the team any way I can,” Newman told upon his arrival to the big league club.

This is the second trip to the Major Leagues for Newman. Last season, he was promoted by Colorado in September and made two relief appearances, allowing one run in 2.0 innings.

Newman had been pitching well at Colorado Springs prior to Tuesday’s promotion, posting a 2.16 ERA in seven relief appearances. Last season at Colorado Springs, he went 3-2 with a 4.06 ERA in 55 relief appearances.

While at Ohio State, Newman compiled a 32-21 record with a 4.20 ERA in four seasons. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2004 and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors from 2002-2004. He ranks third all-time at Ohio State in wins, innings (369) and strikeouts (291).

Drafted originally by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round (921st overall) of the 2003 draft, Newman returned to Ohio State for his senior season before the Rockies drafted him in the 19th round (560th overall) in 2004.