Ho≠man optioned to Triple-A club
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.