Colorado Rockies injury updates on CarGo, Hoffman, Estevez and more
Injury: Shoulder DOI: March 4 Return: Late April-Early May
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What happened: Jeff Hoffman was already predicted to be sitting on the DL as the regular season started. He’s been out ever since March due to shoulder soreness and has yet to be able to pitch in the regular season. Kyle Freeland is currently working as Colorado’s fifth starter.
There currently isn’t an official schedule for when Hoffman might be ready to return to Colorado. He did start his rehab earlier last week and was able to pitch three innings in High-A Lancaster and 3.1 more at Triple-A Albuquerque. He will need to pick up his pitch count before he returns. With that being said, it is very likely they are keeping on eye on Hoffman to see if any shoulder soreness returns during these rehab stints.
How this affects the Rockies: Hoffman perhaps would’ve entered the season holding the fifth rotation spot. Now he’ll likely bounce between bullpen and spot starter when he returns to the Rockies. There is a strong chance that he may have to spend some more time in Triple-A Albuquerque before his role is finalized in Denver. He was a top pitching prospect for the Rockies and hopefully can remain that way as he rehabilitates to make another go in the majors. He’s only 25 so he’ll probably be able to bounce back and get back to his normal pitching soon.
He looked solid in Thursday night’s outing…
And here’s the latest…