Outfielder Matt McBride has been designated for assignment by the Rockies to make room on the roster for just-activated first baseman Justin Morneau. McBride did not distinguish himself at the plate during his short stay with Colorado, He batted just .167 (7-for-42) with no RBI.
Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. Paulsen has started 55 games, including the last seven. Paulsen is being replaced in the lineup by Matt McBride, who gets his second start of the season at the position.
The Rockies designated outfielder Drew Stubbs for assignment on Wednesday. Stubbs struggled in 2015, his second season in Colorado. This year, he hit just .216 with five home runs in 51 at-bats. He spent 38 games with Triple-A earlier in the season to try and get him going. But he wasn't able to reproduce the success he had in 2014, when he slashed .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs in 132 games. In a corresponding move, outfielder Matt McBride was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
The Rockies optioned pitcher Rex Brothers and outfielder Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque and reassigned pitcher Scott Oberg and outfielder Matt McBride to minor-league camp, MLB.com reports. Brothers racked up 19 saves while posting a 1.74 ERA in 67 1/3 innings with the team in 2013 but was unable to break camp with the team just two seasons later, delivering an 8.22 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings. He also managed a 5.59 ERA in 2014. Barnes received 292 at-bats in his first season with the Rockies in 2014 but hit just .229/.362/.250 this spring.
The Rockies have outrighted infielder Matt McBride to Triple-A. McBride hit .226 over 31 at-bats with the club last season. He could have declined the assignment and become a free-agent, but opted to remain with the club.
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