Tapia was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
Tapia has barely played during his stints in the big leagues, and with the Rockies needing a roster spot for Monday's starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, it comes as no surprise that Tapia will head back to the minors. The 23-year-old could find his way back to Colorado relatively soon, however, especially if he continues to mash Triple-A pitching like his 1.017 OPS with the Isotopes shows he has.
Tapia was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Although he has yet to pick up a hit in the majors this season, Tapia has been tearing Triple-A pitching apart. He currently holds a .400/.434/.583 slash line with 15 doubles, three triples and 20 RBI in 25 games for the Isotopes, so it was inevitable that the Rockies would give him another shot in the big leagues. However, with Mark Reynolds playing well, Ian Desmond is currently in left field on a regular basis, which could squeeze Tapia out of playing time unless they choose to play him over the highly-paid slugger Carlos Gonzalez in right. It's unclear how the Rockies plan to manage this situation, but things should become clear after a few games.
Tapia was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
It turned out to be a short stay for Tapia, as expected, coinciding with Gerardo Parra's stint on the paternity list. Tapia made two starts while up with Colorado, going 0-for-7 with one strikeout. The 23-year-old remains an intriguing prospect to watch, but he may need a long-term injury or a trade to see significant run this season.
Tapia is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants.
The Rockies will use the right-handed Stephen Cardullo in left field Saturday as they face southpaw Matt Moore. Tapia made a surprise season debut Friday in place of Gerardo Parra on the paternity list, going 0-for-3. He could draw back in Sunday against Jeff Samardzija if Parra is still away from the team.
The Rockies will bring up one of their top prospects and certainly their best outfield prospect as they face Johnny Cueto and the Giants on Friday. He got off to a torrid start at Triple-A Albuquerque to start the season, going 13-for-32 with six doubles and six RBI. He'll bat seventh in the order in his 2017 debut Friday.
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