Down on the Farm: On the Move Again, Murphy Activated, Hoffman Optioned
Another day, another roster move.
Four weeks into the 2019 season, and the Rockies are expected to option right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the active roster for first baseman Daniel Murphy, who suffered a broken tip of his left index finger in the second game of the season.
It brings to 36 the number of roster moves the Rockies have made since the season opened on March 28 in their effort to deal with an ongoing injury challenge. At one point this month the Rockies had seven players who were projected to be on the Opening Day roster on the injured list.
With the acitvation of Murphy, the Rockies still have six players on the disabled list, including left-handed relievers Chris Rusin (mid-back strain) and Jake McGee (sprained left knee), catcher Chris Iannetta (right lat strain), left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland (blister, left middle finger), and outfielder Noel Cuevas (strained left quad).
Freeland is expected to be activated and start either Monday or Tuesday in Atlanta.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (11-8) was off. The Isotopes open a series Wednesday night at Salt Lake City (Angels).
AA Hartford (9-10) won 2-1 at Portland (Red Sox). Ty Culbreth (3-1, 3.05) allowed one run on five hits and two walks, striking out one, in 5 2/3 innings. Ben Bowden (3.52) earned his fifth save, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Alan Trejo (.345) had a sacrifice fly and Colton Welker (.274) singled home the other run.
High A Lancaster (8-11) lost 3-1 in 10 innings at Lake Elsinore (Padres). Left-handed pitcher Ryan Rolison, the Rockies first-round draft choice last June, made his High-A debut with six shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. Matt Hearn (.286) singled and scored the JetHawks only run on a Ryan Vilade (.308) sacrifice fly. The JetHawks were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Low A Asheville (7-11) lost 7-0 at Delmarva (Orioles). Delmarva came up with rallies of four runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. Dan Montano (.302) did have three hits. Shelby Lackey (6.00) started and worked five shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk, striking out seven. Eric Hepple (0-1, 8.68) allowed two runs on two hits, striking out two, in 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss.