DENVER -- The Rockies have turned to veteran backup catcher Wil Nieves to help right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie find his groove. A solid pitcher with the Orioles the last five season, Guthrie, 33, has struggled this season with the Rockies. Guthrie entered Tuesday night's start at home against the Athletics at 3-4 with a 6.35 ERA, and at Coors Field he was 1-2 with an 8.87 ERA. He has given up 11 homers in 51 innings. After Guthrie gave up 11 hits, including two homers, and seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings in a 10-0 loss at Arizona, he needed work, and Nieves -- who has caught for the Padres, Yankees, Nationals and Brewers -- was available to help.
Nieves caught a bullpen session for Guthrie in which infielders Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr. stood in as hitters, and caught another throwing session. So manager Jim Tracy started Nieves on Tuesday."[Rookie Wilin] Rosario has done the bulk of the catching during the games, so Nieves has been with him through all of that [practice]," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We just want to match him up with Guth and see where it goes." Nieves, 34, said it's just a matter of keeping everything simple.
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