The Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque, tweets Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Infielder Garrett Hampson has been recalled and will replace Hoffman on the active roster.
After showing promise last season in a second-half call-up to the Major League team, Hampson struggled mightily out of the gates in 2019, posting a dismal .489 OPS in 105 plate appearances, including an ugly 6:27 ratio of walks to strikeouts. He was optioned to Triple-A and performed capably in 26 games, and now reclaims his spot on the active roster with Trevor Story on the injured list.
Hoffman, meanwhile, has made seven starts for the Rockies, working to a 6.75 ERA. The former first-round selection has managed to strike out 36 batters in 33 1/3 innings, but has been susceptible to the long ball, surrendering seven home runs in total. Hoffman, now 26, will look to iron things out in the minor leagues, but the organization’s patience may be running thin with the once-promising right-hander. With Hoffman’s spot in the rotation set to come up on Tuesday, the Rockies will need to find a replacement for him. Kyle Freeland, last year’s staff ace, has been in the minors since May 31 and is an obvious candidate to return to the Majors. However, as The Athletic’s Nick Groke notes, Freeland is starting today in Triple-A, so he won’t be ready to pitch in place of Hoffman on Tuesday.