New England native Chris Iannetta is back on home ground. The Rockies veteran catcher, out since April 14 with a strained lat, began a rehab assignment with the Rockies Double-A Hartford affiliate on Monday.
Iannetta went 0-for-3 in his debut in the Yard Goats 7-6 loss to Portland. Yard Goats regular catcher Arvicent Perez took over for Iannetta after the veteran receiver had three at-bats.
Iannetta hit .207 in 10 games with the Rockies before being sidelined with a strained right lat.
Iannetta was born in Providence, R.I., and still lives in that area in the off-season.
An original Rockies draft choice -- fourth round of the 2004 draft -- out of the University of North Carolina, Iannetta returned to the Rockies a year ago after a six-year stretch in which he played for the Mariners, Angels and D-backs.
In Monday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (15-10) beat Sacramento (Giants) 3-2 behind the strong effort of right-hander Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 9.16). Hoffman allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out seven in seven innings. Infielder Brendan Rodgers (.326) hit his sixth home run in the second inning, and Pat Valaika (.391) had a two-run home run in the fourth, his fourth home run since being sent down a week ago.
AA Hartford (11-14) lost 7-6 against Portland (Red Sox). The Yard Goats scored five runs in the bottom of the first to take a 5-2 lead, but finally regained the lead at 7-6 with a two-run sixth. Colton Welker (.345) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Alan Trejo (.325) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, and a first-inning grand slam, his third home run. Ty Culbreth (3.86) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks, striking out three in five innings. Reliever Heath Holder (1-1, 2.25) was charged with a blown save and a loss, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, striking out two in three innings.
High A Lancaster (13-12) won 14-11 in 11 innings at Modesto. Matt Hearn drove in go-ahead runs in all three of the JetHawks go-ahead rallies. Hearn (.349) was 5-for-6 with two runs scored and five RBI. He had a two-run single that gave the JetHawks a 5-3 lead. He singled home two runs in the 10th for a 7-5 lead, and then scored the run that gave the Jethawks a 9-5 lead. And in the game-winning, five-run 11th, he doubled home a run putting the JetHawks ahead 12-9, and scored the JetHawks 14th run. Moises Ceja (3-0, 2.70) suffered a blown save in the 10th but closed out the game in the 11th. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
Low-A Asheville (8-15) was off.