He'll head back to the minors with Nick Hundley (concussion) back from the DL. Garneau went 4-for-10 (.400) with an RBI over three games during his latest stint with the big club.
The 28-year-old was expected to be the backup catcher to start the season, but Tony Wolters beat him out for the job during spring training. Garneau will now likely serve as the third catcher for roster depth, and could see occasional at-bats in a reserve role until Blackmon returns from the DL.
Dustin Garneau was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Garneau was expected to be the Colorado Rockies backup catcher to start the season after Tom Murphy was sent back to Triple-A, but Tony Wolters completely outperformed Garneau in spring training and swiped the job. Garneau could be back in the big leagues at some point in the season if anything happens to Wolters or starter Nick Hundley, although there's a good chance that the Rockies choose Murphy to fill that role since he's a better prospect.
Dustin Garneau is likely to be the backup catcher for the Colorado Rockies to start the season after Tom Murphy was reassigned to minor league camp, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
The battle between Garneau and Murphy was fairly competitive during spring training since neither one of the catchers broke out during camp to claim the spot. Garneau was slightly better, although a 2-for-11 stint is nothing to write home about. His opportunities to make a fantasy impact will be limited behind starting catcher Nick Hundley, but winning the backup job does bode well for the 28-year-old in case Hundley goes down with an injury.
Dustin Garneau is 2-for-11 with two runs and five strikeouts in eight spring games.
Garneau is in the thick of the competition to be Nick Hundley's backup, and he's not exactly making a strong case to garner the role. He has a .400 OBP thanks to some bad defense, but other than that, he's had a rough spring. Thankfully, his main competition in Tom Murphy is also hitting very poorly (1-for-19), so he's still in the hunt for the job. However, Murphy is four years younger and has a lot more upside, which could doom Garneau to spend another season with Triple-A Albuquerque.
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