DENVER (CBS4) – One of the more interesting names in the Colorado Rockies improbable World Series run in 2007 is getting a chance to come back to the team.
Yorvit Torrealba, the 34-year-old catcher, signed a minor league contract Thursday night to return to the organization. Torrealba spent 4 years with the Rockies, from 2006-2009 and hit .258 with 23 home runs and 152 RBI’s in 312 games.
Torrealba left the Rockies after the ’09 season, and spent time with the Padres, Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers.
Currently, the Rockies don’t have an open spot on the major league roster for him. Filling the catcher spots are veteran Ramon Hernandez and Wilin Rosario, who’s coming off a stellar rookie year.
Torrealba is the latest familiar face to rejoin the Rockies organization. Longtime shortstop Walt Weiss is the new manager, and slugger and four-time Rockies All Star Dante Bichette is the new hitting coach.
Torrealba and other catchers and pitchers report for spring training in three weeks — February 10. Full squad workouts begin February 16.
The Rockies open the season in Milwaukee April 1, and the home opener at Coors Field is Friday, April 5, at 2:10 p.m. against the Padres.
- By Doug Hoffacker for CBSDenver.com