Torrealba will have time to settle in

To help Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba regain baseball form after being away from the team to deal with the kidnapping of his son and two other family members in Venezuela (all were released), Major League Baseball has granted Torrealba and the Rockies a five-day period in which Torrealba can play Minor League games.

The period will be triggered after Torrealba reports to the club.

Torrealba left the team Tuesday upon hearing that his son, his brother-in-law and his wife’s brother-in-law were kidnapped. The three were freed on Wednesday. MLB allowed the Rockies to place Torrealba on the restricted list (not a disabled list or a bereavement list), which allowed the club to replace him on the 40-man Major League and 25-man active rosters without losing another player. Conversations between the Rockies, MLB and the MLB Players Association led to the agreement to allow Torrealba to acclimate himself again to baseball after dealing with his special circumstances.

Torrealba has not indicated when he will return. The Rockies are standing by their statement at the time of the incident, saying Torrealba will get all the time he needs. Manager Jim Tracy said there is not a tentative date at this point, and he is aware of the rehab period.

“Because of the time he has been away, there is a window for us to involve him in some [Minor League] games, rather than bring him back and just put him in this dugout and think that he’d be ready to go,” Tracy said.

Also, Chirs Iannetta, who has been out since late May with a right hamstring strain, has completed his injury rehab assignment and will be activated Tuesday in Milwaukee if he passes the club’s physical examination.


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