Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Hoffman shined in his first start of the season with the Rockies, fanning eight while allowing three runs in 5.1 innings pitched. However, with no opening in the rotation in the long term, he'll return to Triple-A for more development. That being said, the pitching prospect seems like a logical candidate to make a spot start down the line given his success in his most recent start. To fill his spot on the big-league roster, Raimel Tapia was recalled from Triple-A.

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