Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Hoffman will head back to the minors after getting shelled for seven runs on six hits over just two innings in a spot start against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. The right-hander has struggled mightily during his time in the majors this season, compiling a 7.81 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 40.1 innings. Yency Almonte was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move, while the Rockies have yet to announce who will replace Hoffman in the rotation.
Hoffman (1-4) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, giving up seven earned runs on six hits over just two innings, striking out three and walking one as the Rockies lost 9-3. It was a forgettable outing for the right-hander, as the Diamondbacks jumped all over him for five earned in the first inning and tacked on two more in the second before chasing him from the contest after just 45 pitches. Hoffman has struggled considerably in his time at the big-league level this season, posting a bloated 7.81 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 40.1 innings.
Hoffman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and will start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The right-hander will start Tuesday after Jon Gray (ankle) was a late scratch. The severity of Gray's injury is unclear. Hoffman's appearance will likely only be a spot start unless Gray is forced to miss a second turn through the rotation. Hoffman carries an ERA of 6.57 in eight starts at the major-league level this year.
Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. The Rockies don't need a fifth starter until August 10, so Hoffman will head back to the minors for the time being. The 26-year-old righty owns a 6.57 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 40:17 K:BB in eight starts (38.1 innings) with the big-league club this season, so he isn't a lock to reclaim his role as the team's fifth starter. Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is scheduled to start Saturday against the Reds, was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move.
Hoffman allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four across five innings Thursday against the Nationals. He did not factor into the decision. Hoffman held the Nationals scoreless through four innings but was burned on a three-run homer by Anthony Rendon in the fifth inning. He wasn't particularly dominant however, as he allowed multiple baserunners in three frames and closed the third inning with the bases loaded. However, he should have a chance to stick in the rotation with the recent demotion of Antonio Senzatela. Assuming Hoffman takes his next turn through the rotation in order, he'll draw his next start Wednesday at home against the Dodgers.