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Rockies LHP Tyler Matzek will begin rehab assignment with Short-Season-A Boise

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Matzek will try to get back on track after control problems derailed a promising start to his big league career.

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Colorado Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek is about to begin what could be a long, complicated journey back to the big leagues.

Matzek will return to action this week, starting a rehab assignment with the Boise Hawks -- the Rockies' Short-Season-A affiliate -- according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. The appearance will be Matzek's first in more than a month. The 24-year-old southpaw walked seven batters in an inning of work for Triple-A Albuquerque after the Rockies optioned him in early May. Colorado's brass deactivated Matzek after the abysmal outing.

Matzek started the season at the big league level and was able to work around major control issues, posting a 4.09 ERA (111 ERA+) despite issuing 7.8 walks per nine innings. That came after the 2009 first-round draft pick ended his first big league season, 2014, with a 4.05 ERA (105 ERA+) and just 3.4 walks per nine.

Expectations were huge for Matzek entering 2015 as a result of an impressive finish to his rookie campaign. The Mission Viejo, Calif. native compiled a 2.53 ERA with 52 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 53⅓ innings over his final eight starts.

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Walt Weiss may not be the right man for the Colorado Rockies - BSN Denver
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