Murphy was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. The backstop, who homered 17 times for the Isotopes in just 236 at-bats, hasn't found much success in limited big-league opportunities this season, slashing a mere .227/.253/.398 in 91 plate appearances. Though several starts could come his way down the stretch, Murphy will find it difficult to break through for much work ahead of Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters and recent acquisition Drew Butera.
Murphy was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Murphy is hitting just .227/.253/.398 across 31 games with the Rockies this season -- and just .152/.188/.370 in 19 games since the start of July -- so he'll head back to the minors for more seasoning. With Murphy out of the picture for the time being, Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters will split time behind the dish for the Rockies.
Murphy is not starting Monday against the Pirates, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Murphy started the last four games of July, but that stretch represents the only time a Rockies catcher has started back-to-back games since July 10. Chris Iannetta will get the start Monday.
Murphy will not start behind the dish in Saturday's game against the Brewers, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Murphy is probably Colorado's best bat among the catchers, but he will sit out his third contest of the last four in the midst of an 0-for-13 stretch. Veteran Chris Iannetta will take on Milwaukee on Saturday in his place, batting eighth.
Murphy is not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Murphy will receive a breather following four straight starts, during which he's gone just 2-for-17 with three RBI and seven strikeouts. In his place, Chris Iannetta will handle the catching duties and bat eighth.