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Tom Murphy’s injury expected to keep him out for several weeks

He’s in line to return around the same time as Ian Desmond.

Update: 3/16, 11:06 a.m. MT

Tom Murphy is expected back from his fracture forearm in mid April, per a report from Thomas Harding of This is right in line with the expected 4-6 weeks recovery time that was originally expected

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Rockies catcher Tom Murphy will miss 4-6 weeks with a forearm fracture, according to Denver Post beat writer Nick Groke. Murphy joins the list of unfortunate injuries the Rockies have suffered through during spring training.

According Groke, Murphy suffered the injury on Saturday during the Rockies’ loss to the Cubs. While making a throw down to second base, Anthony Rizzo’s bat connected with Murphy’s right forearm. The injury wasn’t apparent at the time, as he finished the rest of the game.

Murphy was expected to split the catching duties with Tony Wolters, who has been dealing with a slight elbow hyper-extension this spring. With Murphy starting the season on the DL, Dustin Garneau will be the most likely candidate to fill the role of backup catcher.

The injury news comes on the heels of Ian Desmond’s broken hand that will sideline him for about six weeks, the fact that David Dahl will likely miss the beginning of the season, and the news that Chad Bettis will undergo chemotherapy, which could keep him out for the entire season.