The Colorado Rockies optioned infielder Brendan Rodgers to Triple-A, Albuquerque Isotopes and recalled RHP Jesus Tinoco in a corresponding move.
Rodgers, who came into the season ranked the top prospect in the Rockies organization, has primarily been utilized at second base and as a pinch hitter. His first major league action came almost one month ago on May 17th. The 22-year-old appeared in 21 major league games.
Rodgers flashed potential at the plate but needs to improve upon his consistency. He also struggled at-times playing in the infield. He spent a considerable amount of extra time working on this aspect of his game with the coaching staff.
Over the last few weeks, Rodgers has struggled to secure consistent playing time behind Ryan McMahon. It is difficult to progress quickly in such situations, so the opportunity to play on a more regular basis should benefit him in the long-run.
Tinoco, 25, is joining the Rockies for the second time in his career. He had one relief appearance earlier this season where he recorded two strikeouts and surrendered one hit in a 13-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tinoco is a welcome addition to a depleted Rockies bullpen that surrendered 15 hits on Friday May 14th against the San Diego Padres. All eight of the Rockies bullpen pitchers appeared in the 16-12 defeat.