The Rockies will be without third baseman Colton Welker and left-hander Ryan Rolison due to shoulder surgery, according to Nick Groke of the Athletic.
Colton Welker will need surgery, which will likely keep him out for the rest of the year. He hasn’t been active since the end of April due to a shoulder issue.
The Colorado Rockies are optimistic that he will be able to play in the Arizona Fall League, and if he is fully recovered by next season, it’s possible that he will join the Major league club in 2023.
From Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Welker was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
He signed with Colorado after canceling his commitment to the University of Miami. In 51 games while playing for the Grand Junction Rockies in 2016, Welker batted.329 with five home runs and 36 RBIs.
Welker hit.252 with ten home runs and 53 RBIs in 98 games with the Hartford Yard Goats in 2019. He didn’t play in any games since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the postponement of the 2020 minor league season.
On November 20, 2020, Welker was added to the 40-man roster. After testing positive for CDMT on May 6, 2021, Welker was given an 80-game suspension.
On September 8, 2021, Welker played in his first MLB game against the San Francisco Giants, however he went hitless. He received a marking for assignment on July 6, 2022. The San Francisco Giants signed Welker off waivers on July 8, 2022.