The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that infielder Jeff Baker has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand sprain (retroactive to April 27). To take his place on the roster, outfielder Matt Murton was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Murton (#14) will be in uniform for today’s game vs. the Padres.
Baker, 27, is hitting .130 (3-for-23) in 12 games this season. He last played on April 26 as the Rockies starting third baseman. He notched his first 3 RBI of the season with a bases loaded triple in that game. Baker has started four games for the Rockies, including two starts at second base and two starts at third base. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list on May 12 vs. Houston Astros.
The 27-year-old Murton was hitting .411 (30-for-73) with 6 doubles, 4 home runs and 19 RBI at Colorado Springs. He currently ranks 3rd in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, tied for 2nd in hits, 2nd in on-base percentage (.476), 3rd in slugging percentage (.658) and 2nd in runs (18). He has not played in a Major League game since July 26, 2008 vs. the Texas Rangers while with the Oakland Athletics. Murton was acquired by Colorado in exchange for minor league infielder Corey Wimberly on February 4, 2009