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Rockies send Tyler Colvin to Triple-A to begin the season

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Tyler Colvin has played only 50 career games in Triple-A in his career. (USATSI)

Eighteen homers and a 112 OPS+ in 136 games last year wasn't enough to land Tyler Colvin on the Rockies' opening day roster. Colorado announced on Friday that the outfielder/first baseman will open the season in Triple-A.

Colvin, 27, went 8-for-48 (.167) with 14 strikeouts in spring training, a performance that contributed to the decision to have him begin the year in the minors. He had a massive home/road split in 2012, posting a 1.032 OPS in Coors Field compared to .687 elsewhere.

The Rockies opted to carry the versatility of Jordan Pacheco, Eric Young Jr. and Jonathan Herrera on their bench. Yorvit Torrealba beat out Ramon Hernandez, who was designated for assignment, for the backup catcher's job.

MLB.com's Thomas Harding has the team's full opening day roster.

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