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Hernandez back behind plate for Rockies

Hernandez back behind plate for Rockies

Hernandez back behind plate for Rockies
DENVER -- Catcher Ramon Hernandez rejoined the Rockies' starting lineup on Friday against the Phillies after missing 42 games with a left hand strain.

To open a spot for Hernandez, the Opening Day catcher, the Rockies placed catcher Wil Nieves on the 15-day disabled list with turf toe in his right foot. Hernandez hit .215 with four home runs and 15 RBIs before going onto the DL.

In his absence, rookie Wilin Rosario became the starter and is hitting .247 but leading Major League rookies with 14 home runs. Rosario became a father Thursday. Manager Jim Tracy said both catchers would receive playing time but he didn't want to push Hernandez, 36, too hard initially. Hernandez also is a veteran who could be of interest to contending clubs between now and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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