Hampson is "in the mix" in center field to begin spring training, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Manager Bud Black said Wednesday that the center field position is "open" heading into 2021, and Hampson is certainly an option to play at the position to begin the regular season. If he moves to the outfield, Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers (shoulder) would compete for the starting job at second base ahead of Opening Day. Hampson appeared in 53 games for the Rockies during the 2020 campaign, slashing .234/.287/.383 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
Hampson is not starting Wednesday against Oakland. Hampson has now been on the bench against the last three righties the Rockies have faced, including Mike Fiers in this one. Ryan McMahon has been the second baseman on each occasion and remains there Wednesday.
Hampson isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Angels. Hampson will sit for a second consecutive game after going 0-for-7 with four strikeouts over the last two games. Ryan McMahon will shift to second base with Josh Fuentes starting at first.
Hampson is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels. Hampson owns a solid .771 OPS on the season, but he's gone 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in his last two starts. Ryan McMahon will get the start at second base in his absence.
Hampson isn't in Monday's lineup against the Padres. Hampson was dominant Sunday as he went 2-for-4 with a triple, one RBI and a stolen base against the Dodgers, and he'll take a breather for Monday's series opener against San Diego. Ryan McMahon will shift to second base with Daniel Murphy starting at first.