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Rockies activate Raimel Tapia from 10-day IL, DFA Taylor Motter

El Cangrejo returns to the Rockies’ outfield after missing time due to a toe injury

Prior to tonight’s series opener against the Texas Rangers, the Colorado Rockies have activated speedy outfielder Raimel Tapia from the 10-day IL. In a corresponding roster move, Taylor Motter has been designated for assignment.

Tapia injured his toe early in August, and was placed on the injured list on August 10th. HE recently completed a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes where he went 5-for-14 with two doubles and two stolen bases across four games.

The Rockies gain back a valuable player in Tapia, who is one of the team’s more productive hitters on the road with a line of .267/.320/.298. They will need to reshuffle the lineup, however, as the red hot Connor Joe has been leading off and playing left field in Tapia’s stead.

Taylor Motter, originally called up to replace Tapia, was hitting very well with the Isotopes but failed to find the same rhythm with the big league club. In Triple-A Albuquerque he slashed .335/.460/.759 with 24 home runs and 57 RBIs. Once promoted, he went just 3-for-20 in 13 games with no extra base hits.

The Rockies’ 40-man roster now sits at 39 on the eve of the September roster expansion. This gives the Rockies a chance to call up someone not currently on the 40-man. RHPs Peter Lambert and Jordan Sheffield are currently on rehab assignments. Top pitching prospect Ryan Rolison is playing with the Isotopes, but missed a substantial part of the season due to appendicitis and injury.