BOSTON — Infielder Brendan Rodgers is pounding on the major-league door. Certainly he’s pounding so arduous that he simply may power the Rockies to place him on their roster.
Sooner slightly than later.
But it surely hasn’t occurred simply but. As a substitute, the Rockies on Tuesday recalled utility infielder Pat Valaika from Triple-A Albuquerque, and he began Tuesday night time’s sport at second base towards the Purple Sox at Fenway Park. In a corresponding transfer, the Rockies optioned struggling second baseman Garrett Hampson to Triple-A.
Rodgers, simply 22, is hitting .436 over his final 10 video games with three homers and eight RBIs for the Isotopes. For the season, Colorado’s prime prospect has hit .356 with 9 dwelling runs and a 1.065 OPS.
Rockies supervisor Bud Black is totally conscious of the harm Rodgers is doing at Triple-A, but additionally noting that Rodgers is “doing it within the minors.”
“He’s in a great spot,” Black mentioned. “He’s doing very well. The experiences from (Isotopes supervisor) Glenallen (Hill) that he’s swinging effectively and that he’s in a great spot. We’re transferring him across the diamond, having him play second and brief.”
One of many main the explanation why the Rockies haven’t referred to as up Rodgers but is that he would possible should share enjoying time at second base with Ryan McMahon. The Rockies wish to be certain that Rodgers — and McMahon — get at-bats regularly. Additionally, the membership his nonetheless working with Rodgers, a pure third baseman, to enhance his expertise at second. Plus, Rogers has solely 204 at-bats in 54 video games on the Triple-A degree.
Nonetheless, sooner or later this season, Rodgers goes to power the Rockies to make a transfer.
Valaika and Hampson. There is no such thing as a thriller as to why Valaika was referred to as up and Hampson was demoted. The previous is hitting, not less than at Triple-A, whereas the latter has struggled towards major-league pitching.
Valaika, 26, is again for his second run with the Rockies this season. The primary one didn’t go effectively, as he batted .074 (2-for-27) with three runs scored, one double, 4 walks and 13 strikeouts over 15 video games. However Valaika has raked in his 17 video games with Albuquerque, hitting .333 (23-for-69) with eight dwelling runs, one double and 16 RBIs.
Hampson, 24, made the opening-day roster however hit simply .194 (18-for-93) with one dwelling run, two doubles, one triple and 26 strikeouts in 31 video games.
“This was two-fold,” Black mentioned. “Pat was right here and went by way of some arduous instances, so we despatched him again. A number of the issues we talked about with Pat, he put into play immediately in minor-league video games. Proper off the bat he hit with energy. So he’s in a great spot and hopefully he’ll contribute right here within the short-term.”
Black mentioned Hampson developed some dangerous habits on the major-league degree.
“Garrett wasn’t getting a ton of at-bats (recently), and we simply thought it was time to establish some issues along with his swing,” Black mentioned. “We had a superb dialog with Garrett and he’s able to go down there and play his sport.”
Anderson replace. Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson visited with a knee specialist in Chicago Monday, and surgical procedure has positively grow to be an possibility.
“They’re nonetheless kind of formulating a sport plan,” Black mentioned. “I believe a call on some surgical procedure is within the works right here, in all probability within the subsequent couple of days.”
Anderson was positioned on the injured checklist on April 7 with knee irritation earlier than returning to the Rockies on April 22. He made three begins however pitched poorly, permitting 16 earned runs and 15 hits over 11 ⅔ innings.
Anderson, a first-round draft decide of the Rockies in 2011, has an ERA of 11.76 and has given up eight dwelling runs in 5 begins.