Hernandez was acquired by the Rockies to be the starter last season, but injuries prevented the 36-year-old from ever gaining any momentum. He did appear in 52 games in 2012, but a .217 batting average put his job in jeopardy entering Spring Training. With the Rockies making the move to go with Torrealba as the backup, Hernandez will most likely be sent down to Triple-A or traded.
Torrealba struggled at the plate last season with three different ball clubs. The 12-year veteran did not take the backup role with the Texas Rangers kindly as he batted .236 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 161 at-bats. The Rangers decided to designate him for assignment, and he was released shortly after that. The Toronto Blue Jays gave him an opportunity, but his offense slumped. He then appeared in five games for the Milwaukee Brewers in late September in which he went hitless.
The 34-year-old was given another chance with Colorado after playing four seasons with the team from 2006-09. He decided he would not waste his opportunity and put together an outstanding offensive performance this spring. Torrealba batted .500 with one home run, five RBI, one double and two walks in 20 at-bats.
The fact that he worked well with the team’s various pitchers also showed the organization that he was the man for the job. The Rockies are confident that if anything were to happen to Rosario, Torrealba would be able to handle being the starting catcher spot with ease.