Denorifa was released from Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday.
He leaves the Rockies system after failing to make the big club out of spring training and going .275/.383/.353 in 61 plate appearances with the Isotopes. Denorfia can play all three outfield spots and has shown fleeting signs of utility in a major-league lineup, most notably in 2013 when he hit .279/.337./.395 with two home runs and 11 steals in 144 games for the Padres. Expect him to catch on with another organization before the season is done.
Denorfia was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
The 36-year-old didn't produce much during spring training, but his right-handedness had him in the mix for the Rockies' fourth outfielder role into the final days prior to the regular season. That being said, Stephen Cardullo ended up being the right-handed bat the Rockies kept in the majors thanks to his gargantuan Cactus League showing. Denorfia's age and declining performance will likely keep him in an organizational depth role for most of the season.
Denorfia is just 5-for-28 (.179) with five walks and three stolen bases in 12 Cactus League appearances, but he could still make the Rockies' Opening Day roster as a fourth outfielder.
Despite the unsightly batting line, the 36-year-old seems to have a solid chance to crack the roster with the big league club given that David Dahl (ribs) won't be ready for the start of the regular season. Denorfia doesn't have the upside many of the other competitors for a roster spot possess, but his right-handedness and vast major league experience could serve him well in his quest to be the Rockies' fourth outfielder to begin the season. This role doesn't provide a lot of fantasy upside, especially given that he may be destined to spend more time in the minors upon Dahl's return to action, so fantasy owners should still only target Denorfia in the deepest NL-only leagues unless a better opportunity presents itself in the near future.
Denorfia could hold the upper hand in the competition for a major league roster spot given the fact that he's the only right-handed hitter in the pack, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Prospects Raimel Tapia and Jordan Patterson are also vying for a spot, meaning the veteran probably isn't the most talented option Colorado has at its disposal. However, given the multitude of left-handed options in the mix, it wouldn't be surprising to see Denorfia emerge as a leading candidate if the Rockies decide to carry five outfielders. This is a bit of a stretch, however, as Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl and Gerardo Parra are already in line to comprise the Rockies outfield in 2017, although it's worth noting that Denorfia holds a niche in the organization if any of them wind up getting injured prior to Opening Day.
Denorfia agreed to a minor league contract with the Rockies on Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Denorfia opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees in late March and didn't sign with another organization until June. He went on to hit just .255/.308/.382 with four homers in 36 games with the Giants' Triple-A Sacramento affiliate. It's hard to imagine he'll see significant time in the Rockies' crowded outfield, if any at all.
Denorfia signed a minor league contract with the Giants on Thursday, the San Jose Mercury News' Andrew Baggarly reports.
Denorfia will first head to extended spring training before joining the Triple-A team. The 34-year-old veteran played in 103 games for the Cubs in 2015, hitting .269/.319/.373 with three home runs and 18 RBI and could serve as outfield depth for the Giants at some point this season.
Denorfia opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees on Sunday and will become a free agent.
The non-roster invitee was aiming to win a reserve outfield spot for the Yankees, but a .200/.259/.320 batting line over his 27 plate appearances in spring training proved to be his undoing. The 35-year-old will see if he can find a clearer path to the majors with another organization.
Denorfia agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday.
While it took Denorfia until spring training to find a home, he landed in a favorable spot, as he joins an outfield competition that includes two switch-hitters and only left-handed hitters otherwise. He will work as a reserve outfielder for the Yankees if he makes the cut.
Left fielder Chris Denorfia will hop back into the lineup for the Cubs on Monday, landing sixth in the team's lineup as they take on the Rockies.
Denorfia has alternated starts with fellow outfielder Chris Coghlan and Denorfia might have gotten the nod Monday simply due to experience against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
While Denorfia is hitting just .250 against De La Rosa, he does have 24 plate appearances against the veteran pitcher, far more than anyone else in the young Cubs' lineup.
Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, after starting 73 games this year, including five of the last six.
Chris Denorfia replaces Coghlan in left for the 12th time this season.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia drove in three runs during a 7-4 win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
He opened the scoring with a two-out, two-RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. He added an RBI single in the eighth inning. He also had a walk and strikeout in the game.
Denorfia has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games (eight starts). He is batting .361 (13 for 36) with three doubles, three RBI, two runs and six strikeouts in that span.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia is starting in Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Denorfia did not start the past two games and is penciled in at right field. Denorfia didn't play Saturday and entered Friday's game in the eighth inning. Denorfia will hit seventh on Sunday. In 30 games played, Denorfia is hitting .338 this season.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia had by far his best game of the season in Wednesday's 17-0 win over the Indians. Denorfia went 2 for 5 with a double and his first home run of the year. He had a career-high four RBI (he had two RBI all season entering the contest), and scored twice.
The Cubs activated outfielder Chris Denorfia from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, MLB.com reported.
Denorfia has been sidelined since May 4 with a hamstring injury. He recently completed an injury rehab assignment in the minor leagues.
To make room for Denorfia, the Cubs options outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa. Szczur was hitting .167 for the Cubs this year.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in his rehab debut with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday.
Denorfia has been sidelined since May 4 while recovering from a hamstring injury. He's 9 for 21 in 12 appearances with the Cubs.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday. Barring any setbacks, he could be back in time for a June 9-10 series at Detroit.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that outfielder Chris Denorfia has started running, reports MLB.com.
Denorfia is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He has not played since May 4.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia will head to the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.
"It's not optimal," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Denorfia's condition. "He repulled the same hammy."
Denorfia went 2 for 2 with an RBI in Tuesday's 10-9 loss to the Cardinals. He now has a slash line of .429/.455/.476. He was taken out of the game in the third inning and was replaced by Junior Lake.
"It's very frustrating," Denorfia said. "I've never had a recurring muscle injury like this before. I took my five minutes to feel bad for myself and I'm moving on and getting ready to get better again."
The Cubs are expected to call up Matt Szczur to fill the open roster spot with Denorfia heading to the DL.
Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia was forced to leave Monday's game against the Cardinals after suffering a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.
Denorfia has dealt with hamstring injuries early on in the season, landing him on the 15-day DL in April. Denorfia was 2 for 2 with an RBI in the game before heading to the club house.
Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler was given the day off on Monday against the Cardinals. Soler had started each of the Cubs' first 23 games of the season, and with just seven hits in his last 34 at-bats, he seemed due for a rest, though he is riding a modest three-game hitting streak.
Manager Joe Maddon said that while Monday's break was just to give the right fielder a breather, the team will monitor him as the weather heats up, ESPN reports. Soler has previously dealt with leg issues.
"Dehydration is the thing I'm always concerned with," Maddon said. "The hotter it gets the more and more I'm worried about that kind of a thing. We have to be really proactive the next couple of weeks making sure we don't run anyone into the ground."
Chris Denorfia replaced Soler in right field, while Chris Coghlan moved up to the second spot in manager Joe Maddon's batting order.
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