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Colorado Rockies call up Jeff Hoffman, option Raimel Tapia

Hoffman to start tonight’s game against the Phillies

Update 5/22 2:55 MT

The move has now been officially announced by the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies have recalled starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for Hoffman on the active roster, the Rockies have optioned outfielder Raimel Tapia to Albuquerque. While the Rockies have not officially announced the move today’s lineup card reflects the transaction.

This is the third time this season that the Rockies have called up Jeff Hoffman. The first time was as the 26th man for the doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs on May 9. He pitched 1 13 innings and gave up a single run on a solo home run. After being optioned back down May 10, he was recalled again on May 11 to make a spot start to help keep the Rockies rotation on regular rest. Hoffman struck out eight Dodgers in 5 13 innings to earn his first big-league win.

The situation for Hoffman is similar as the Rockies once again need him to make a spot start to help the keep rotation rested after the doubleheader this past Wednesday. He will be facing a struggling Phillies team that has lost nine of their last 11 games to fall to 15-26 for the season.

Raimel Tapia has been with the team since the Rockies optioned Hoffman down the second time. However, he has barely seen the field so it’s not surprising that he is headed back to Albuquerque for more consistent playing time. Tapia has only had six plate appearances in this current stint with the Rockies and went 0-5 with a single walk.