Sep 6, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman W. Rosario (20) falls trying to catch a foul ball in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Wilin Rosario gets back behind the plate
This is kind of horrifying. Wilin Rosario was forced to catch on Thursday afternoon, of course, as the Colorado Rockies tried to give Dustin Garneau a day off after a night game, and Nick Hundley was unavailable to catch with his neck strain.
Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss sounded, um, not so sure about Rosario behind the dish before the game:
"“I just hope [Rosario] doesn’t melt back there, it’s going to be hot. It’s been a while since he’s had the gear on. We will keep an eye on him physically. … I am hoping it’s kind of like riding a bike. He’s continued to catch bullpens and throw to bases from time to time, but it is a little different back there during the game and being able to slow the game down. But he’s got four years of experience doing that.”"
All things considered, Rosario certainly was not awful behind the plate on Thursday, he didn’t have any passed balls, no one stole off him, and the Rockies did win, so in all, a job well (?) done.
But clearly, he isn’t a long-term catching option and shouldn’t be viewed as such. Maybe it’s time the Colorado Rockies got some reinforcements up in Denver and gave another catcher a shot! Hey, now that you mention it…
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