Hanigan went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs during Wednesday's win over San Diego. The backstop has been playing semi-regularly since being recalled to the majors June 30, but this was his first multi-hit showing. In fact, Hanigan went just 3-for-20 through his previous six starts. Still, calling Coors Field home is a nice fantasy bonus, so Hanigan has some appeal in cavernous setups.
Hanigan (back) is starting behind the dish and hitting eighth Sunday against the White Sox. He missed the last three games while dealing with back spasms, but was able to get back in the fold in the final game of the first half. Hanigan could end up losing his spot on the 25-man roster when the Rockies are ready to give Tom Murphy the promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Hanigan was scratched from a scheduled start Friday against the White Sox due to upper back spasms, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports. Given that Tony Wolters is the primary catcher for Colorado, most people didn't bat an eye when Hanigan was left out of the lineup Friday, but it seems that an injury is lingering enough to keep him on the bench. Despite the absence, neither the veteran backstop nor the team thinks the setback is serious, so it's unlikely that he'll spend any time on the disabled list, especially with the All-Star break coming up. Consider him day-to-day for the time being, with Wolters continuing to shoulder a bigger workload in the meantime.
Hanigan was called back up to the Rockies on Friday, and will start behind the plate during the series opener against Arizona, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Hanigan was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque in mid-June, but is back up with the big-league team and catching Jon Gray on Friday. The 36-year-old has spent 13 games with Colorado this season, hitting .256/.304/.395 with two home runs and eight RBI. In a corresponding move, the team sent down Tom Murphy, making Hanigan the backup to Tony Wolters.
Hanigan went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 5-3 win over the Cubs. It's just his second homer of the season and first since his first game of the year back on May 4. Hanigan has seen little action since then, playing in only 13 games, and with Tom Murphy (forearm) close to coming off the DL the veteran catcher's time with the Rockies could be nearing its end.