Outfielder Matt Murton was optioned to the minor leagues on Monday, even though he hit .302 in 22 games. Manager Clint Hurdle said Murton made a strong impression, but for now it appears the Rockies will go with Dan Ortmeier instead as a right-handed outfield alterantive.
Ortmeier also can play first base and is a switch-hitter, although he has struggled enough left-handed he did not hit from that side last season.
“He had a good camp and is in a good place,” Hurdle said of Murton. “I like the way he stepped up. There is no doubt, I believe, he will be back in (a Rockies) uniform this year.”