The Rockies have optioned catcher Mike McKenry and infielders Josh Rutledge and Ryan Wheeler to the minors and reassigned outfelders Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler . Rutledge has played both middle infield positions with the Rockies. He racked up 562 at-bats in the last two seasons combined.
The Rockies announced Tuesday 24 players received non-roster invites to spring training. The roster breakdown is 12 pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and six catchers. The pitchers are Christian Bergman, Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Eddie Butler, Manny Corpas, Yohan Flande, Jonathan Gray, Pedro Hernandez, Chris Martin, Nick Masset, Scott Oberg and Josh Sullivan. The four infielders are Paul Janish, Angelys Nina, Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa. The two outfielders are Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler. The six catchers are Ryan Casteel, Dustin Garneau, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry, Tom Murphy and Jackson Williams. Gray, Butler and Murphy are among the team's top prospects.
The Rockies removed outfielder Tim Wheeler from the 40-man roster Wednesday, according to MLB.com. In 2013, he hit .262 with five home runs, 42 RBI and 12 stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The Rockies reassigned pitcher Joe Gardner, pitcher William Harris, pitcher Josh Sullivan, infielder Ryan Wheeler and outfielder Tim Wheeler to minor-league camp Friday, according to the team's official website.
Rockies prospect Tim Wheeler has played 38 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs since returning from wrist surgery in June. In those 38 games, Wheeler is batting .304 with one homer, nine doubles and 14 RBI. He also has 24 runs in that span.