SAN DIEGO -- Two good spot starts have earned right-hander Jeff Hoffman -- the Rockies' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- another Major League opportunity, as he'll start Sunday against the Padres, manager Bud Black announced after Saturday's 10-1 victory over the Padres.Additionally, lefty Tyler Anderson will be
SAN DIEGO -- Two good spot starts have earned right-hander Jeff Hoffman -- the Rockies' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- another Major League opportunity, as he'll start Sunday against the Padres, manager Bud Black announced after Saturday's 10-1 victory over the Padres.
Additionally, lefty Tyler Anderson will be placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with left knee inflammation. By missing at least one start, Anderson, who threw a flat-ground session Saturday, will have a chance to heal an issue that has bothered him for a month, as well as continue to work on his consistency.
"He feels OK, but we're just being precautionary," Black said. "It just sort of flared up this week. We just wanted to make sure it's something we can quiet down. It's something we'll evaluate."
Hoffman (2-0, 3.29 ERA) has made three appearances this season, including winning starts May 11 against the Dodgers (5 1/3 innings, six hits, three runs, eight K's) and May 22 against the Phillies (seven innings, three hits, one run, seven K's).
It'll be the second start against the Padres at Petco Park for Hoffman. The first didn't go well, as the Padres tagged him for six hits and seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 14-1 loss on Sept. 8.
It's likely Hoffman will have two starts in place of Anderson: Sunday and next Saturday against the Cubs. Anderson is eligible to return next Sunday.
• Right-hander Jon Gray (left foot stress fracture) came out of a 41-pitch bullpen session excited. "I threw everything. I hadn't gripped a changeup in two weeks and threw two today, and they were the best I've ever thrown," Gray said. Gray will have a simulated game when the club returns to Denver next week, and hopes to do fielding-practice drills soon.
• Right-hander German Marquez said he should be fine for his next start. Marquez was hit on the right thumb by a hard Franchy Cordero smash during Friday night's 8-5 loss at Petco Park, then gave up a home run to the next batter, Austin Hedges. Marquez maintained his velocity for the rest of his outing but said it affected the grip of his fastball. Hedges and Yangervis Solarte both homered on fastballs.
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