Colorado Rockies facing quick decision regarding Tony Wolters

Sep 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters (14) attempts to pick up wild pitch rebound in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters (14) attempts to pick up wild pitch rebound in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Colorado Rockies have a decision to make over the next day or two regarding catcher Tony Wolters.

Wolters went on the concussion seven-day disabled list last Wednesday (May 3) after taking a bat to the head against the San Diego Padres. Now that the seven-day window is over, Colorado manager Bud Black says there is discussion happening on what to do with the 24-year-old Wolters.

"“Nothing definitive. We’re going to talk today probably at length about this situation as it relates to Tony,” Black said. “I think he’s able to be activated today. Whether it’s good for Tony to go play a game or two or just activate him, we’re going to talk a little more at length today.”"

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Whatever the Rockies decide to do with Wolters will ultimately affect their entire catching corps. The Rockies are currently carrying two catchers on the active roster in veteran Ryan Hanigan and 29-year-old Dustin Garneau. One of the two will likely be sent to Triple-A Albuquerque when Wolters is activated.

Garneau has been with the team the entire season, starting the year on the Opening Day roster. He’s hitting .226 with one homer and six RBI. After a slow start, Garneau has started to show signs of life in May, posting a .313 average. Additionally, after striking out 19 times in April, he has whiffed just three times in 16 May at-bats.

The 36-year-old Hanigan has made the most of his short time with the Rockies. He was signed by Colorado to a minor league deal after hitting .386 with the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training. He was called up from Triple-A when Wolters suffered the concussion and has hit .462 with a homer and six RBI in just 13 at-bats.

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Hanigan’s lone homer came in his Rockies debut in the seventh inning against San Diego on May 4. He added the game-winning single in the 11th inning to push the Rockies to a 3-2 win at Petco Park.

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