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Colorado Rockies call up Matt Holliday

It’s happening!

Update, 8:56 a.m. MT — Bud Black has said that Matt Holliday will be in the starting lineup today. He’ll be in left field.

Unfortunately for fans in Colorado, today happens to be one of the twelve games AT&T SportsNet isn’t going to broadcast. There’s still a few hours to explore alternative means for watching today’s game!

The Colorado Rockies have recalled Matt Holliday, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. So, yeah, it’s time to get excited.

Holliday last played for the Rockies in 2008 — his final game an anti-climactic 1-for-4 performance against the Giants in San Francisco. That offseason the Rockies traded Holliday to the Oakland A’s for Carlos González, Huston Street, and Greg Smith. The 38-year-old Holliday will now join CarGo on a Colorado Rockies team in the thick of a pennant race.

The Rockies signed Holliday to a minor-league contract a few weeks ago. Since he joined Triple-A Albuquerque, Holliday has hit .346/.452/.596. He’s overmatched minor-league competition, and now the Rockies are calling upon him to serve as right-handed depth off of the bench.

There doesn’t need to be a 40-man roster move to add Holliday, as the Yankees claimed catcher Chris Robago off of waivers, which cleared a spot. Holliday could join the team in Denver for this afternoon’s contest against the Padres. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll touch home plate today, too.