Senzatela Activated; Hampson Stays, Valaika Optioned to Albuquerque
Garrett Hampson has played his way into a big-league job.
Called up earlier in the week when the Scott Oberg went on paternity leave, the left-handed hitting Hampson remained on Friday when Oberg rejoined the team. Left-hander Harrison Musgrave was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque.
And then, on Saturday, when right-hander Antonio Senzatela was activated from the disabled list so he could start against the Braves, it was infielder Pat Valaika, who was sent to Albuquerque to make room for Senzatela.
Hampson, who opened the season at Double-A Hartford and then was promoted to Albuquerque, is in his second stint with the big-league team this year. He provides the Rockies an up-middle-alternative for days they decide to rest shortstop Trevor Story or second baseman DJ LeMahieu. He also has experience in the outfield.
Hampson is a base-stealing threat and would seem to be the likely heir to the second base job if LeMahieu becomes a free agent at season's end.
Hampson in 2018
Senzatela, 23, was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 5 with right shoulder inflamation, his second stint on the disabled list this year. He also was out from July 13-22 with a blister on his right middle finger.
He opened the season in the bullpen, but his last five appearances have been starts. He is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in the role of a starter.
Valaika, 25, has hit .150 with seven runs scored, four doubles, two home runs, four RBI, nine walks and 30 strikeouts in 57 games, 25 starts across three stints with the Rockies this season. He also spent parts of the past two seasons with the Rockies.