The Rockies recalled Valaika from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. The versatile veteran will hold down a backup role at every infield spot and possibly left field and might see a handful of starts against lefty pitching before the end of the season, but Valaika (.150/.213/.239 in 124 plate appearances with the Rockies) is unlikely to offer fantasy value for mixed-league players.
Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports. Valaika will return to the Isotopes after spending nearly two months with Colorado during his latest big-league stint. Through 57 games with the Rockies, he hit .150 with two home runs and four RBI. Antonio Senzatela (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
Valaika went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI on Saturday against the Athletics. Valaika took advantage of a rare opportunity to start, taking left-hander Brett Anderson deep in the fourth inning for his second home run of the season. Even with D.J. LeMahieu's oblique injury forcing him to the disabled list, Garrett Hampson has jumped Valaika for playing time at second base. That leaves him as little more than a desperation streaming option in daily lineup leagues or DFS contests.
Valaika will start Saturday against Seattle in place of the injured D.J. LeMahieu (back). Valaika will bat eighth and play second base. He'll face the left-handed Wade LeBlanc.
Valaika will be starting at shortstop Saturday in place of Trevor Story, who was scratched with a bruised foot, Nick Groke of The Athletic Denver reports. Valaika has found the going much tougher at the plate this season after posting an .817 OPS in 195 plate appearances last year, hitting just .133/.191/.217 in 90 plate appearances so far.