Wolters is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Reds.
Willson Contreras (thigh) remains out of the lineup for the second straight day, so Wolters will again pick up the start. The 28-year-old slashed .230/.280/.270 in 42 games for the Rockies last year and doesn't offer a ton of value offensively, though he should remain in the lineup for however long Contreras is sidelined.
Wolters' contract was selected by the Cubs on Monday.
Wolters was designated for assignment in mid-April and has been working at the Cubs' alternate training site after he went unclaimed on waivers. The 28-year-old will now rejoin the major-league roster as the backup catcher after Austin Romine (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday. Wolters has gone hitless with a walk and one strikeout in five plate appearances this season.
Wolters has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Cubs' alternate training site Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wolters was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Wednesday, and he'll remain in the organization going forward. Wolters could return to the major-league roster as catching depth at some point this year.
The Cubs designated Wolters for assignment Wednesday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Wolters will surrender his spot on the 40-man and active rosters with Austin Romine (knee) returning from the 10-day injured list. While serving as the backup catcher behind Willson Contreras to begin the season, Wolters appeared in three games for the Cubs and went 0-for-4 with a walk.
Wolters signed a one-year contract with the Cubs on Wednesday.
Wolters opted out of his minor-league contract with the Pirates on Tuesday after failing to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he'll now serve as the backup catcher for the Cubs to begin the 2021 campaign. Austin Romine (knee) likely won't be ready for Opening Day but could compete for at-bats if Wolters struggles early in the season. However, Wolters will attempt to be productive in a depth role after hitting .230 with four doubles and eight RBI with the Rockies last season.
Wolters opted out of his minor-league contract with the Pirates on Tuesday and will become a free agent, Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
Wolters' decision to opt out comes one day after Pirates manager Derek Shelton announced that Michael Perez will open the season as the backup to top catcher Jacob Stallings. Though Wolters struggled to make an impact with the bat even while playing at altitude in Colorado over the past five seasons, his skills as a game caller and pitch framer could allow him to surface on another MLB roster as a No. 2 catcher.
The Pirates signed Wolters to a minor-league contract Thursday that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Though he was ultimately non-tendered by the Rockies heading into the offseason, Wolters served as the team's primary backstop in 2020, starting 35 of 60 games. Despite the benefit of playing his home games at altitude over his past five seasons in Colorado, Wolters was an unproductive hitter even by catcher's standards, accruing a .238/.323/.319 batting line with only seven home runs in 1,232 career plate appearances. The 28-year-old has drawn praise for his defense, however, and that could help his case for securing a spot on the Pirates' Opening Day roster. He'll be competing with 40-man roster players Jacob Stallings and Michael Perez and non-roster invitee Joe Hudson for one of the two or three openings at the position.
Wolters was non-tendered by the Rockies on Wednesday.
Wolters appeared in 42 games for the Rockies last season and had a career-low .550 OPS and career-high 27.5 percent strikeout rate. The 28-year-old could latch on somewhere in a backup role on a more affordable deal than his expected arbitration figure.
Wolters isn't starting Monday against the Giants.
Wolters will take a seat for a fourth consecutive game for Monday's series opener against the Giants. Elias Diaz is starting behind the plate in his absence.
Wolters is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
After starting in Thursday's series opener, Wolters will find himself on the bench for the third game in a row. Elias Diaz gets the nod at catcher in place of Wolters, who could find himself in a three-man timeshare at the position over the final week of the season, with Drew Butera also factoring into the mix. Wolters is slashing a lowly .222/.263/.267 with no home runs, seven RBI and eight runs on the season.
Wolters will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Dodgers.
If Wolters is still atop the depth chart behind the plate in Colorado, it's by a very slim margin. In the last six games, each of the Rockies' three catchers (Wolters, Elias Diaz and Drew Butera) has started a pair of games. Butera will take his turn in this one.
Wolters will not start Friday against the Dodgers, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Wolters hits the bench after starting two straight games. Elias Diaz starts behind the plate in his absence.
Wolters remains on the bench Tuesday against Oakland, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Wolters has started just once against a lefty all season. He'll sit in favor of Elias Diaz with southpaw Sean Manaea on the hill for Oakland.
Wolters is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Angels, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Wolters went 0-for-3 with two runs and two walks in the first two games of the series and will head to the bench for the finale. Drew Butera starts behind the plate Sunday.
Wolters isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.
Wolters went 3-for-4 with one run and two strikeouts over the past two games, and he'll retreat to the bench Wednesday. Elias Diaz will take his place behind the dish.
Wolters isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.
Wolters has gone hitless in six at-bats over the past three games, and he'll get a breather Sunday. Elias Diaz will serve as the starting catcher in his place.
Wolters is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Wolters started the past two games and will receive Sunday off after going 1-for-5 over those two outings. Drew Butera will take over behind the plate for the Rockies, batting ninth.
Wolters is not starting Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Wolters will stick on the bench for a second straight game as the Rockies face left-hander Robbie Ray on Wednesday. In his place, Drew Butera is starting behind the dish and hitting ninth.
Wolters is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
He had started six of the previous 10 games, all against right-handed pitchers. The righty-hitting Drew Butera will start behind the dish and hit ninth with southpaw Alex Young on the mound for Arizona.
Wolters went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Monday's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Wolters got aboard with a single in the third inning and later scored on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Wolters smacked a double and came around for the go-ahead run on a Raimel Tapia single. That run held up for the win. The 28-year-old Wolters is batting .230 with seven RBI, four runs scored and three doubles through 22 games.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/05||vs LAD||W 6-5||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|05/04||vs LAD||W 4-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/02||@ CIN||L 12-13||4||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|05/01||@ CIN||W 3-2||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/30||@ CIN||L 6-8||1||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/28||@ ATL||L 0-10||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/27||@ ATL||L 0-5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
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