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Rockies activate Ian Desmond off 10-day DL

30 MAY 2017: Colorado Rockies left fielder Ian Desmond (20) returns to the dugout during a regular season interleague Major League Baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire)
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The Colorado Rockies have activated first baseman/outfielder Ian Desmond off the 10-day disabled list prior to Monday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers. In order to make room for him on the 25-man roster, the team optioned outfielder Raimel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Desmond last appeared in a game on July 25 and has since been sidelined with a right calf strain. He is batting .285 with a .328 on-base percentage over his first 65 games with his new franchise. Despite calling Coors Field his new home, he has clubbed just five home runs and driven in 32 runs in 2017.

An All-Star last season as a member of the Texas Rangers, Desmond transitioned to the outfield during his age-30 year. He has appeared in at least 154 games in six out of the last seven seasons, a mark he will fail to reach in 2017.

During the offseason, he signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Rockies, with an additional team option for the 2022 year.

Tapia has appeared in 57 games this season with Colorado, batting .274 with a .324 on-base percentage. He has collected 12 extra-base hits, including his first two career home runs.

Both men have been a part of a Rockies outfield that has become crowded during the 2017 year, with Charlie Blackmon producing an MVP season in center field, while Gerardo Parra produces a breakout season and Carlos Gonzalez continues to struggle in his final year before becoming a free agent. Not in the mix this year due to injury has been prospect David Dahl, who batted .315 in his rookie season last year.

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