Colorado Rockies injury news: Tony Wolters rejoins team after concussion
By Kevin Henry
We have been talking for the last few days (like in this article) about the Colorado Rockies and some tough decisions they were going to have to make behind the plate. The Rockies made the first of those tough decisions this afternoon.
Catcher Tony Wolters, who suffered a concussion on May 2 in a game at San Diego, was officially brought off the 10-day disabled list by the Rockies on Tuesday prior to opening their road series against the Minnesota Twins. To make room on the roster for Wolters, the Rockies optioned catcher Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Wolters was hit on the head by a swing by San Diego pinch hitter Hector Sanchez during Colorado’s 6-2 loss to the Padres. At the time, Wolters was hitting .346 with three doubles, one triple, three RBI and three walks. The .346 average is tied for fourth in Major League Baseball among catchers with at least 15 games played. The high average was compiled over 17 games as he and Garneau split time behind the plate since Opening Day.
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The 24-year-old Wolters was sent to Albuquerque for three rehab games. While at Triple-A, he went 2-for-11 at the plate. One of those hits, however, was a home run.
Wolters was back behind the plate and in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Minnesota, batting ninth.
Garneau, meanwhile, has shown flashes of solid play during his stint with the Rockies. His seven doubles are tied for third on the team in that department. However, that’s been one of the biggest highlights as he’s posted a .206 average with one home run and six RBI in 22 games played.
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In 68 games with the Rockies across three seasons (2015-17), the 29-year-old Garneau has compiled a .199 (41-for-206) average with 16 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI.