Castro Gets Call From Rockies; McMahon to Albuquerque

Daniel Castro sat out the opening game of the season for Triple-A Albuquerque. He played in the next 24 games, and then sat out on Monday night at Tacoma, riding a 23-game hitting streak that is the third longest in Isotopes history.

That streak is going to be on hold.

As expected, Castro was called up by the Rockies, and joined the team in Chicago, helping patch the void created by second baseman DJ LeMahieu being placed on the disabled list Monday,.

Utility man Pal Valaika started at second base in place of LeMahieu on Monday. Valaika, however, was the only player on the roster who has started a big-league game at second base other than Ian Desmond, whose big-league experience at second base consists of five games in September of 2009, when Desmond was called up after rosters expanded for season's end, and Tony Wolters, who has had limited big-league exposure. Wolters was originally a second baseman, but converted to catcher.

Castro, who hit .407 at Albuquerque, has 80 games of big-league experience with the Braves in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, during which he started 22 games each at shortstop and second base, and six games at third base. He is known for his defense, and received the Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove last season.

Monday's Minor League Games

AAA Albuquerque (10-15) won 5-3 at Tacoma. David Holman worked three one-hit innings in relief to earn the victory, and Jerry Vasto claimed his first career save. Tom Murphy and Jordan Patterson had back-to-back home runs in the fifth, and Ramiel Tapia homered in the eighth.

AA Hartford (12-11) won 10-6 at Harrisburg. Ryan Castellani (2-1) allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 2.05 in claiming the victory. Brendan Rodgers, Brian Mundell and Garrett Hampson hit home runs, and Dom Nunez had a three-hit game.

High A Lancaster (13-12) lost 9-5 at Stockton. Salvador Justo (1-1) and Juan Pena allowed two runs each in the seventh inning. Colton Welker ran his hitting streak to eight games, and Tyler Nevin ran his streak to seven.

A Ashville (7-15) was off Monday. The Tourists open a series at Charleston Tuesday night.