Hampson (hamstring) is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff in Sunday's spring game against the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Hampson exited Saturday's game against the Brewers, but his quick return to action indicates the issue was minor. The 24-year-old missed some time last week with a sore right hamstring but appears good to go Sunday.
Hampson hasn't played for several games due to hamstring tightness, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Hampson described his absence as precautionary and expects to return Saturday. He had been hitting well prior to the injury, posting a 1.033 OPS with three homers in 13 games, though that isn't enough to differentiate him from potential platoon-mate Ryan McMahon, whose OPS sits at 1.321 through 16 contests.
Hampson and Ryan McMahon could share second-base duties to start the season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. This would be bad news for Hampson, as he bats right-handed and McMahon bats left-handed, so Hampson may be stuck on the short side of a platoon at the outset of the season. Nothing has been decided for certain, but fantasy players need to be aware that Hampson could be a part-time player this season.
Hampson will have to battle with Ryan McMahon during spring training for the starting job at second base, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Hampson appears to be the favorite for the starting gig, although he doesn't have much experience in the big leagues to this point. He went 11-for-40 with four extra-base hits, four RBI and two stolen bases in 24 games a season ago, his lone major-league experience. While McMahon is the immediate competition, Brendan Rodgers, who's big-league debut was derailed by injuries a season ago, is also lurking in the upper levels of the minors. Expect manager Bud Black to give both Hampson and McMahon plenty of opportunities to prove themselves during spring training, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Rockies platoon at the keystone to open the 2019 campaign.
Hampson is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Hampson started four of the last five games at shortstop with Trevor Story (elbow) sidelined, slashing .286/.375/.357 with a stolen base over that stretch. With Story back in action, the 23-year-old is set to return to a reserve role for the final week of the season.