Hampson Gets Early Audition with Rockies; LeMahieu on Disabled List
Garrett Hampson is at the top of the list of possible replacements for second baseman DJ LeMahieu if he leaves to become a free-agent in the off-season.
The Rockies will get a sneak peak at Hampson for the next week or two, at least.
LeMahieu, who had never been placed on the disabled list previously in his career, was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season, and Hampson was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the roster spot.
Daniel Castro, meanwhile, was designated for assignment to make room for Hampson on the 40-man roster.
Hampson, 23, opened the season at Double-A Hartford, where he hit .304 with 28 runs, eight doubles, two triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 38 games. Promoted to Albuquerque on May 17, he hit .306 with 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 21 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 53 games with the Isotopes.
Hampson was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft out of Long Beach State as a shortstop. He, however, also has played second base and center field in the minor leagues. He was a post-season All-Star in the Short-Season A Northwest League in 2016, and in the High-A California League in 2017.
LeMahieu was scratched from Friday's lineup because of the left oblique problem that prompted him being placed on the disabled list.
"The severity of it is such that it might not be lengthy," Black said in his post-game media session. "It doesn't look like a six- or eight-week oblique situation."
In his seventh year with the Rockies, LeMahieu has hit .301 with the team, including winning the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. A two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, LeMahieu was on the disabled for the first time in his career April 28-May 8 with a right hamstring strain, and May 14-June 1 with a sprained thumb.
He also was a scratch last Saturday against the Mariners at Coors Field due to lower back stiffness, but returned to the lineup on Sunday.
LeMahieu had never been on the disabled list in more than seven big-league seasons between a cameo appearance with the Cubs in 2011 and his time with the Rockies, starting in 2012.
This season, however, has been a pain -- literally.