The Rockies made four roster moves today in preparation for their series against the Kansas City Royals. Colorado called up Raimel Tapia and Tony Wolters from Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for the pair, the Rockies optioned Mike Tauchman to Albuquerque and placed Ryan Hanigan on the 10-day disabled list with a strained groin.
Tapia continues to be the Rockies go-to player for when they need a designated hitter, though Pat Valaika appears to be filling that role tonight against the left-handed Danny Duffy. He should, however, get starts in the final two games of the series, with the Royals expected to start a pair of righties.
Wolters will rejoin the Rockies to replace the injured Hanigan. Lucroy is hitting well since joining the Rockies and doing an admirable job handling the Rockies young pitching staff, so Wolters will likely serve as the backup catcher.
After a hot start to the season, Wolters had struggled before being optioned to Triple-A after apparently wearing down as the Rockies primary catcher. Due to the length of his stay in Triple-A, the Rockies have gained an additional year of control, though they did also use one of his options.