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Rockies claim Tony Wolters off waivers from Indians; transfer Adam Ottavino to 60-day DL

The Cleveland Indians drafted the catcher in the 3rd round back in 2010 out of a high school in Vista, California.

Tony Wolters joins the Colorado Rockies ahead of spring training.
Tony Wolters joins the Colorado Rockies ahead of spring training.
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The Colorado Rockies made an addition to their 40-man roster on Thursday morning, when they claimed catcher Tony Wolters off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. In a corresponding move to clear space on the 40-man roster for him, the Rockies announced they have transferred relief pitcher Adam Ottavino to the 60-day disabled list.

Wolters, 23, slashed .209/.290/.280 at Double-A Akron last year in Cleveland's system, hitting just seven doubles and two home runs in 239 at-bats. For his career, he has slashed .258/.335/.349 across six years with the Indians' organization, reaching as high as Akron in both 2014 and 2015. The Indians had previously designated him for assignment on February 12.

Ottavino, 30, is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, and isn't likely to return to the Rockies for the first few months of the 2016 season. For that, his transfer to the 60-day disabled list was more or less expected as he continues his rehabilitation and throwing program ahead of the summer.

With the move, coincidentally timed for these two clubs, the Rockies still have a full 40-man roster. Wolters represents yet another catcher in big league camp this week, joining Nick Hundley, Dustin Garneau, and Tom Murphy, and non-roster invitees Ryan Casteel, Will Swanner, Jackson Williams, and Dom Nunez.