The Rockies have optioned rookies Jeff Hoffman and Ryan McMahon, the team announced. Scott Oberg and Mike Tauchman will replace them on active roster.
Hoffman has struggled lately. The right-hander has only been able to pitch six innings in two out of his last six starts. His last two starts have been particularly rough: In 91⁄3 innings pitched, he’s allowed eight runs and given up five homers while striking out just two batters. Let’s hope he can get some rest and get right with a stint in Triple-A. He could be incredibly valuable out of the bullpen in a possible postseason run.
To the frustration of fans, McMahon, one of the Rockies’ top prospects, only got into four games and made two starts since being called up on August 11. It seemed like the Rockies brought him up for reasons other than getting regular major-league playing time.
Oberg returns to the Rockies after the Rockies sent him to Triple-A on August 4. He has a 5.91 ERA in 49 relief appearances for the Rockies in 2017. Because he was in the minor-leagues for fewer than 20 days, Oberg will keep an option year, for now at least. Tauchman is up for his second stint with the Rockies, as he served as the team’s fourth outfielder in late June and early July.