Farm Report: Senzatela Set for 2nd Rehab Start with Albuquerque in Reno

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Antonio Senzatela will make his second – and possibly final – rehab assignment start for Triple-A Albuquerque at Reno on Thursday night. Senzatela went on the disabled list at the end of spring training because of an infection in his right heel.

With Tyler Anderson on the disabled list, Senzatela would have been the logical choice to fill the rotation void. He was one of the six primary starters for the Rockies last year. Instead, Jeff Hoffman was in line for that start and could wind up making the Monday start at San Diego in Anderson’s place because Senzatela would have to be called up and asked to start on three days of rest instead of four.

Hoffman was in line to start the Rockies homestand finale against the Braves on Wednesday, but the game was postponed so he was not activated to the big-league roster.

With the Rockies scheduled off next Wednesday, Senzatela could make two more starts on his rehab assignment – Thursday and Tuesday – and would be on line to step into the Anderson spot in the rotation when the Rockies host the Phillies on April 21.

In Wednesday’s Games

Triple A Albuquerque (5-2) won 13-2 at Reno (D-backs). Noel Cuevas became the first Isotopes player to hit for the cycle on the road. Cuevas (.370) was 5-for-5 with five runs scored, five RBI, a double, triple and two home runs. Catcher Dom Nunez (.289) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and his third home run of the season. Sam Howard (1-0, 5.40) worked 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits and a walk, striking out one, to earn the win in relief. Peter Lambert (5.19) started and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.

Double A Hartford (1-6) lost 5-1 at Harrisburg (Nationals). Bret Boswell (.263) drove in the Yard Goats only run with a pinch-hit single in the eighth. Jack Wynkoop (0-2, 2.70) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out three, in five innings. The Yard Goats host New Hampshire (Blue Jays) in their home opener on Thursday night.

High A Lancaster (1-6) lost Game 1 of a doubleheader 10-0 but won Game 2 8-5 against Lake Elsinore (Padres). Will Gaddis (0-1, 12.86) suffered the loss in Game 1, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and three walks in three innings. Casey Golden (.304) and Luis Castro (.296) had two-run singles in a six-run sixth inning that gave the Jethawks the lead in Game 2. Hayden Roberts (1-0, 3.88) earned the win in relief of Nate Harris (11.42), who allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four without a walk, in 3 2/3 innings.

Low A Asheville (4-3) lost 5-3 against Charleston (Yankees). Ryan Rolison (1-1, 1.04) allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks, striking out three, in 3 2/3 innings. Willie MacIver (.417) was 2-for-3 with three RBI, hitting a home run in his third consecutive game.