Rockies Activate Bettis; Murphy Sent Down, Looking for Stroke
With Chad Bettis coming off the disabled list to rejoin the Rockies rotation on Tuesday, somebody had to go to create a roster spot.
Catcher Tom Murphy was the someone.
Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, his struggles on the just-completed road trip to St. Louis and Milwaukee a deciding factor in the Rockies opting to keep Tony Wolters as the second catcher with Chris Iannetta.
Murphy is considered a prospect in the organization, and the Rockies some signs of his offense being a plus until that midwest journey last week.
Hitting .282 when the road trip began, Murphy didn't just go 0-for-17 on the trip, but he struck out 13 times. And he had struggles behind the plate in the ninth inning of Sunday's game at Milwaukee when the Brewers rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the score 4-4 before the Rockies won 5-4 in 11 innings..
Adam Ottavino, working the ninth, was charged with two wild pitches, and Murphy was called for catcher's interfence for the second time on the road trip and third time overall.
Chris Iannetta was in the lineup at catcher Tuesday, but the move with Murphy should provided more playing time for Wolters, who is hitting .159 in what is his third big-league season. Wolters has started only one game since July 20, going 1-for-2 with two walks at St. Louis last Thursday.