The Colorado Rockies promoted top prospect Brendan Rodgers to the major leagues for the first time, and the red-hot infielder will be available Friday when the team opens a three-game series at Philadelphia.
In addition, the Rockies also announced they activated right-hander Jake McGee (knee) from the 10-day injured list. To make room on the active roster, right-hander DJ Johnson and infielder Pat Valaika were optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The third overall selection in the 2015 major league draft, Rodgers, 22, was batting .356 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs in 35 games at Triple-A. Since April 11, he wa batting .382 with eight of those nine home runs.
McGee, 32, strained his left knee on April 1 while making his second outing of the season. He will enter off 3 1/3 innings at Albuquerque in a rehab assignment.
Johnson, 29, is 0-1 with a 9.26 ERA over two separate stints with the Rockies this season. Valaika, 26, was called up to the Rockies on Tuesday and struck out twice in two trips to the plate. He is batting .069 in 17 games over two separate stints with the Rockies this year.