The Colorado Rockies have activated DJ LeMahieu from the 10-day disabled list before tonight’s game against the Angels. The Rockies optioned Pat Valaika to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the active roster according to Nick Groke of The Athletic.
LeMahieu was placed on the DL on April 30 retroactive to April 28 with a right hamstring strain. Prior to suffering the injury, he was one of the Rockies most productive players hitting .290/.367/.505 with a 124 wRC+.
LeMaieu had also shown off an impressive new ability to pull the ball with power. He had hit five home runs in April, an impressive number for someone who’s career season high for home runs was 11 and next highest season total was 8. His .215 ISO dwarfed his previous season high of .147 as well.
Hopefully, LeMahieu will be able to quickly reestablish his offense and provide a struggling Rockies lineup with some much needed help. Having his defensive prowess in the field will also be a nice plus for an already impressive Rockies pitching staff.
After being a pinch-hitting, rookie wunderkind last season, Valaika has struggled mightily to find his swing and has hit only .103/.175/.155 in 64 plate appearances.