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Rockies place LeMahieu on 10-day DL, call up Garrett Hampson

D.J. LeMahieu. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports.

For the third time this season, the Colorado Rockies will be without their Gold Glove second baseman, DJ LeMahieu. The Rockies placed the former All-Star on the 10-day DL with an oblique injury suffered against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.

After flying out in two at-bats, LeMahieu was pulled from the contest in the third inning. The oblique injury is the latest in a frustrating season that has included stints on the DL for hamstring and thumb injuries, costing him a total of 23 games. He also dealt with back stiffness before the All-Star break.

In his absence, the Rockies have called up infielder Garrett Hampson, the club’s No. 6 prospect. Hampson has been productive in the minors this year, hitting .304 in Double-A Hartford and .306 in Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hampson’s biggest asset is his speed, as he has totaled 33 stolen bases between the two levels in 2018. Pat Valaika, who replaced LeMahieu Friday night, could also see a boost in playing time.