Tyler Colvin has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to the minor leagues, removing him from the Colorado Rockies’ 40-man roster. Colvin shared the news himself late Wednesday with Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Colvin’s 2013 proved to be a major disappointment that was, at least in part, caused by some nagging injury concerns.
The 28 year old outfielder struggled from the start of Spring Training, resulting in him beginning the season back with Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate despite coming off a career yeah in 2012. He’d appear in 67 games at Colorado Springs before re-joining the Rockies, batting .275/.377/.480 in 269 PA. Once he found himself back in the Rockies lineup, however, the wheels once again fell off. Colvin limped to a .160/.192/.280 line in 78 PA. He’d return to Triple-A before a back injury would keep him out of the lineup for most of July and all of August. Even with Carlos Gonzalez still unable to return to the lineup full time, the Rockies have enough other outfield options on the active roster that there was no place for Colvin any longer and he now finds himself off the 40-man roster altogether.
Colvin had hit .290/.327/.531 in 452 PA in 2012, while seeing time at all three outfield positions and first base. Nobody would have expected him to be removed from the team’s extended roster less than a year later.
Disc problems hindered Colvin’s swing for much of the season and he believes they are the route cause of his lack of power on the season. Rest is likely his best course of action at this point so that he’s fully ready to compete for a job once again next Spring.