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Top Colton Welker News

  • Giants' Colton Welker: Rejoins San Francisco

    Welker (shoulder) re-signed with the Giants on a minor-league deal Nov. 19.

    Welker opted to stick around in the Giants organization after he was designated for assignment Nov. 16 and then cleared waivers. The 25-year-old corner infielder previously saw 19 games of big-league action with the Rockies in 2021, but he was sidelined for nearly the entire 2022 campaign while recovering from left shoulder surgery. It's unclear if he'll be back to full health for spring training.

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  • Giants' Colton Welker: Removed from 40-man roster

    Welker (shoulder) was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday.

    Welker was claimed off waivers by San Francisco after he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June, but he won't retain his spot on the 40-man roster through the offseason. The 25-year-old made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2021 and went 7-for-37 in 19 games.

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  • Giants' Colton Welker: Claimed by Giants

    Welker (shoulder) was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    Welker underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June and was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Wednesday. He'll find a new organization in the Giants, who recalled him and placed him on the 60-day injured list Friday. It's not yet clear whether the 24-year-old will be available for spring training in 2023.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Loses roster spot

    Welker (shoulder) was designated for assignment Wednesday,Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

    Welker suffered a shoulder injury in late April and was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery in June. He has seen limited game action in recent campaigns, as he also received an 80-game suspension for violation MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2020. The move opened a roster spot for Jose Urena, who allowed one earned run across 6.2 innings Wednesday against the Dodgers.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Requires surgery

    Welker (shoulder) will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.

    Welker has been sidelined since late April due to a shoulder issue, and he'll be forced to undergo a procedure that will likely keep him out for the rest of the season. However, the Rockies are hopeful that he'll be able to participate in the Arizona Fall League, and it's possible he joins the major-league club in 2023 as long as he returns to full health by next season.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Sidelined by shoulder injury

    Welker is on the 7-day injured list with Triple-A Albuquerque due to a shoulder injury, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Welker has been sidelined since April 21, which was his second game back at Triple-A after a brief stint with Colorado. The team has described Welker's shoulder as being "loose," so he is currently going through strengthening exercises. Assuming Welker can return to health, he could be in line for another opportunity at the big-league level as the season progresses.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Back to Triple-A

    Welker was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after Monday's game against the Phillies, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.

    Welker's time in the majors this time around was brief, as he was just recalled Sunday. He failed to make his 2022 debut during his brief stint with Colorado.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Summoned from minors

    The Rockies recalled Welker from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday.

    He'll offer the Rockies an extra right-handed bat off the bench after Garrett Hampson (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Hampson had started in only three of the Rockies' first eight games, so there won't be an immediate opening for Welker to pick up steady at-bats in the Colorado infield.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Optioned to Triple-A

    Welker (eye) was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Danielle Allentuck of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Welker was moved down Friday after appearing in two games this spring, going 1-for-3 from the plate with an RBI and a walk. He's currently dealing with an eye infection, but he should return to the Triple-A lineup relatively soon. The 24-year-old appeared in 19 games with the Rockies last season, slashing .189/.250/.216 with a double and two RBI over 37 at-bats.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Draws start Sunday

    Welker (eye) will start at third base and bat ninth in Sunday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    Though Welker won't be joining the Rockies for Opening Day after he was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, he at least appears to have moved past the eye issue that sidelined him for more than two weeks of action. He returned to the lineup for Saturday's 11-11 tie with the Athletics and went 1-for-2 with an RBI while seeing work at both corner-infield spots. Welker's inclusion in the lineup for the second day in a row suggests he came out of Saturday's contest feeling fine.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Delayed by eye issue

    Manager Bud Black said Friday that Welker has been limited by an eye issue early in camp, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Welker has made just two plate appearances in the Cactus League during spring training, and he'll likely be sidelined for at least another week due to his eye issue. Black said that the Rockies hoped to give the 24-year-old playing time at first base and third base this spring after he made his major-league debut late in 2021. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see Welker report to Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the 2022 campaign following his limited availability during camp.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Gets fourth start in six games

    Welker will start at third base and bat seventh Wednesday in Atlanta.

    Welker sticks in the lineup for the fourth time in six games after going 3-for-15 with three runs and an RBI to kick off his big-league career. Though he's getting a breather Wednesday, Ryan McMahon still looks like the Rockies' everyday third baseman, but his ability to swing over to first or second should open up at least a part-time role for Welker over the final few weeks of the season.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Gets first call-up

    Welker will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

    Welker served an 80-game suspension to begin the 2021 campaign but reported to Albuquerque in mid-August. He appeared in 23 games with the Triple-A affiliate and slashed .286/.378/.476 with three home runs, 18 RBI and 13 runs during that time. The 23-year-old's numbers in the minors haven't jumped off the page, but he brought his walk rate up to 12.2 percent in Albuquerque and will now play his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. He'll provide help in the corner infield behind C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon while Connor Joe (hamstring) is sidelined.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Reinstated from suspension

    Welker (suspension) rejoined Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and has gone 3-for-10 with a double, three RBI and a run in his first two games of the season for the affilate.

    After completing the 80-game suspension he received in May for violating MLB's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Welker was finally cleared to report to the Rockies' top affiliate. Before his suspension lapsed, Welker was able to complete a rehab assignment in the lower levels of the minors. Between stops in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League and High-A Spokane, Welker slashed .194/.268/.500 over 10 games.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Rehabbing at High-A

    Welker (suspension) began a rehab assignment July 26 at the Rockies' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate and has since moved up to High-A Spokane.

    Welker has played six rehab games in total between the two affiliates, going 3-for-22 with a pair of walks and two doubles. The 23-year-old opened the season on the Rockies' restricted list after he was handed an 80-game suspension May 6 following a positive test of a banned substance. Since Welker was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque coming out of spring training, he'll first be eligible to rejoin the affiliate Aug. 8. In the meantime, expect Welker to continue his rehab assignment in the lower levels of the minors for the next week.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Faces 80-game suspension

    Welker tested positive for a substance banned under Major League Baseball's Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and was suspended for 80 games Thursday.

    Welker released a statement through the MLB Players Association stating that he tested positive for use of Oral Turinabol. Prior to the suspension, he nearly broke camp with the big-league team and was expected to make an impact in Colorado this season. This suspension will delay that debut, though he reached Double-A Hartford in 2019, so he could still ultimately reach the majors very late in the campaign.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Sent to minors

    Welker was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

    Welker was being considered for a spot on the Opening Day roster this spring after slashing .366/.386/.512 with one home run and 10 RBI in 24 Cactus League games, but he'll head to Triple-A Albuquerque to begin the year. However, the 23-year-old could be in line to make his major-league debut at some point in 2021 if he continues to perform well in the minors.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: In hunt for roster spot

    The Rockies are giving consideration to carrying Welker on their Opening Day roster, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

    Welker has experience at both corner-infield spots, but the Rockies are most likely viewing him as a candidate for duties at third base, since C.J. Cron has seemingly solidified himself as Colorado's everyday first baseman. The post-Nolan Arenado Rockies are far less settled at the hot corner, where Josh Fuentes (.714 OPS in 159 career MLB plate appearances) likely projects as the starter in the likely event Ryan McMahon is needed to fill in at second base for Brendan Rodgers (hamstring) to begin the season. Fuentes hasn't performed poorly enough this spring to lose his foothold atop the depth chart, but Welker has made himself relevant in the job battle by slashing .353/.378/.529 with a 23.5 percent strikeout rate over 34 plate appearances in Cactus League play. Harding notes that manager Bud Black has raved about Welker's maturity and power potential throughout the spring, so the 23-year-old looks like he'll have a legitimate shot to stake his claim to a roster spot over the final few spring games. Welker could be worth considering in the endgame of drafts, considering the upside he would have as a potential everyday player at Coors Field.

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  • Rockies' Colton Welker: Drives in three runs Wednesday

    Welker went 1-for-1 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's spring win over the Padres.

    Welker spent the entire 2020 campaign at the Rockies' alternate training site, but he's gotten off to a hot start to begin spring training in 2021. Across nine games, the 23-year-old has gone 7-for-16 with four extra-base hits, eight RBI, two runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Welker's contract was selected in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and he could make his major-league debut at some point in 2021. "He's swinging the bat great," manager Bud Black told Thomas Harding of MLB.com. "He's got good bat speed, and his pitch recognition is great."

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Coral Springs, FL
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R