The Colorado Rockies placed catcher Nick Hundley on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, according to an official team release. This is a move made after several days of waiting to see how the veteran would react after taking a foul ball off the mask in a game on Wednesday. Previously, the team had recalled Dustin Garneau for catching depth alongside Tony Wolters.
Hundley, 32, is a nine-year Major League veteran. Thus far this season for Colorado, he had been slashing .227/.393/.409 in 28 plate appearances. He'll be eligible to come off the abbreviated concussion DL in less than a week, as this move is retroactive to Thursday, April 14.
Now that Hundley's disabled list stint is official, the accompanying move comes in the form of right-handed pitcher David Hale, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. For the Isotopes this season, Hale had started two games, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks across six innings with seven strikeouts.
Hale was tripped up by a hamstring injury early in spring training, and missed much of his opportunity to make the Rockies' Opening Day roster out of camp, but after throwing well in his Pacific Coast League stint, he'll return to the big leagues as bullpen depth. In his Major League career, Hale is 10-10 with a 4.38 ERA in 64 games (20 starts) split between the Rockies and Atlanta Braves.
The Rockies' 40-man roster remains intact with the move. In an accompanying move to account for lack of organizational depth at Triple-A, catcher Jackson Williams has been promoted to the Isotopes from the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats. Williams, a longtime veteran and currently in his second go-round with the Rockies, had been slashing .368/.429/.526 in 21 plate appearances for Hartford.