Rockies face some tough decisions at catcher
There is a lot going on behind the plate right now for the Rockies, and a lot of it didn’t even happen on the Coors Field turf during this homestand.
Tony Wolters hasn’t appeared in a game for the Rockies since being hit in the head by a bat on May 2. Going on the disabled list with a concussion after that, Wolters was eligible to be back in Colorado’s lineup during the homestand. However, Colorado management thought it best for him to head to Triple-A Albuquerque for some time behind the plate.
With those two catchers making their way back from injury, the Rockies will have to do something with their roster. Currently, Dustin Garneau and Ryan Hanigan are handling the duties. Colorado won’t be keeping four catchers on their Major League roster, and probably won’t be keeping three on there either.
Garneau still has some options available so he could be heading back to Triple-A. Hanigan, a 36-year-old who is playing in his 11th MLB season, has no options left and would have to be designated for assignment if the Rockies choose not to keep him. However, his veteran presence for a young pitching staff and .304 overall batting average isn’t anything to scoff at.
Which of the four Colorado catchers will see playing time in the upcoming weeks? It depends on when Wolters and Murphy return and how quickly they’re placed on the active roster.