Jeff Hoffman’s attempt to make his first opening day roster will probably have to wait.
The Colorado Rockies optioned the right-handed pitcher to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday, at least temporarily halting his chance to crack an MLB roster out of spring training for the first time.
The 24-year-old was competing for one of the final two spots in the Rockies starting rotation against Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela, and German Marquez. He reportedly was willing to pitch out of the bullpen as well.
Hoffman pitched 5.2 Cactus League innings with a 4.76 ERA, four strikeouts, two walks and a 1.94 WHIP.
He threw 150 innings last season, including 31.1 innings with the Rockies after a promotion in August. He posted a 4.88 in the majors in 2016.