Colorado Rockies roster moves: Top prospect Brendan Rodgers officially called up; Jake McGee activated
According to multiple reports, the Colorado Rockies have officially called up their top prospect, infielder Brendan Rodgers, from Triple-A Albuquerque, among other roster moves.
Before the start of their weekend series in Philadelphia against the Phillies, the Rockies have made a series of roster moves, per multiple reports.
The one that is the most eye catching is that the Rockies top prospect, infielder Brendan Rodgers, has officially been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. On Thursday, we reported in this article that Rodgers was likely to be called up today.
However, we did not know the corresponding move(s).
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Now, we know that the corresponding move to Rodgers being called up is that infielder Pat Valaika will be sent back to Albuquerque. This is a bit of a sigh of relief for Rockies fans as that means that shortstop Trevor Story will not be heading to the injured list with his knee bruise that he suffered on Wednesday.
Nothing else has been announced about Story but personally, I would not be surprised if he is listed as day-to-day for a few days.
Rodgers, 22, has only spent 35 games in Albuquerque this year (which is his first season in Triple-A) and he has hit .356/.421/.644 with 9 home runs and 21 RBI. He also had 10 doubles among his 48 hits.
Valaika, 26, has struggled mightily in his 17 games in the major leagues this year as he is hitting .069/.182/.103 in his two separate stints with the team this season.
Also among the roster moves is that the Rockies are activating reliever Jake McGee off the 10-day injured list. He has been on the IL since the beginning of April as he suffered a knee sprain in his second outing of the season, while the Rockies were in Tampa in their second series of the season.
In a corresponding move, the Rockies optioned reliever DJ Johnson back to Albuquerque. This is the second time that he will be sent back to Albuquerque this season.
Johnson, 29, made his first MLB opening day roster this year but he has pitched to a 9.26 ERA and a 2.229 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings. His main problem has been that he has walked 11 batters in that span, which is obviously way too high and part of the reason he was sent back to Triple-A.
Stay tuned for more of our coverage as more news comes out of Philadelphia.
Update 2:48 PM M.T. Story is in the Rockies starting lineup, batting second and at shortstop. Rodgers is also in the lineup at 2nd base and batting 7th.