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Rockies send Tyler Colvin to Triple-A

Mar 30, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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After hitting .290 with 18 home runs, 72 RBI and an .858 OPS with the Rockies in 2012, Tyler Colvin will begin this season in the minor leagues.

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, the Rockies announced last night that Colvin was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The surprising move clears the way for infielders Reid Brignac and Jonathan Herrera to make the Opening Day roster.

Colvin batted just .167 (8-for-48) with 14 strikeouts in 18 games during Cactus League play. While spring training statistics are generally meaningless, the Rockies clearly believe that regular at-bats in the minors will be beneficial. He doesn’t figure to stay down there for long, especially if he gets off to a hot start or the Rockies have an injury.

Colvin, 27, is under contract for $2.275 million this season.

  1. giantboy99 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Crazy

  2. tuberippin - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Rockies front office is a joke. Do they ever have a clue what they’re doing?

  3. 13arod - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    like the move its not like they are giving up on them

    • tuberippin - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Right, but he’s already got 1,000 ABs and 300+ games in the big leagues. His plate discipline is likely not going to suddenly undergo a drastic reformation.

  4. themagicfanguy - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Let him work through the slump. Don’t ruin his confidence.

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