Ho≠man op­tioned to Triple-A club

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

goodyear, ariz.» The Rock­ies on Thurs­day op­tioned right-han­der Jeff Hoff­man to the mi­nor leagues.

The 24-year-old, ac­quired from Toronto in the Troy Tu­low­itzki trade in 2015, made his ma­jor-league de­but late last sea­son. He was com­pet­ing for one of two open spots in Colorado’s sea­son-open­ing ro­ta­tion.

In­stead, Hoff­man will be­gin the sea­son with Triple-A Al­bu­querque, where he went 6-9 with a 4.02 ERA in 22 games in 2016.

“Jeff needs a lit­tle more re­fine­ment,” Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black said. “And when he shows he’s con­sis­tent at mak­ing pitches, he’s a guy who is on the radar for us, for sure.”

The move puts left-han­der Kyle Free­land and 22-yearold An­to­nio Sen­za­tela in line for the Rock­ies’ ro­ta­tion.

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