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PHOENIX» As the Rock­ies opened the sec­ond half of their sea­son, they made a sig­nif­i­cant ros­ter move be­fore Fri­day night’s game against Ari­zona by re­call­ing vet­eran catcher Ryan Hani­gan from Triple-A Al­bu­querque and op­tion­ing catcher Tom Mur­phy.

His pri­mary as­sign­ment? Help get the club’s strug­gling young pitch­ers back on track.

“I take a lot of pride in that. It’s what I do, work­ing with th­ese younger guys,” said Hani­gan, who im­me­di­ately was put into the start­ing lineup. “With some of the ex­pe­ri­ence I have, I feel like I can re­ally help th­ese guys. I think I can help (catcher) Tony (Wolters) too.”

Hani­gan, 36, ap­peared in 13 games with Colorado be­fore be­ing op­tioned to Al­bu­querque on June 15. He bat­ted .256 with two home runs and eight RBIs for the Rock­ies. More im­por­tant, the Rock­ies had a 3.04 ERA with Hani­gan be­hind the plate.

“He’s got ex­pe­ri­ence and catch­ing wis­dom. He gives that vet­eran pres­ence that I think is com­fort­ing to our younger pitch­ers,” man­ager Bud Black said. “And I think there is a re­as­sur­ance too, as the game goes on, and we move later into a game, into a bullpen game. He’s go­ing to have the right feel for a mound visit and the right feel for a pitch. And I think he knows our pitch­ers, which is neat.”

Mur­phy, 26, bat­ted .050 (1-for-20) with one dou­ble and one RBI in eight games with the Rock­ies since be­ing re­in­stated from the 10-day dis­abled list June 15. He was placed on the DL on April 2 with a right fore­arm frac­ture suf­fered dur­ing spring train­ing.

DJ’s sta­tus.

Sec­ond base­man DJ LeMahieu, who strained his groin dur­ing Tues­day night’s loss at San Fran­cisco, was not in the start­ing lineup Fri­day, but LeMahieu said he thinks he can avoid the DL.

LeMahieu and out­field­ers Ger­ardo Parra (right quadri­ceps strain) and Car­los Gon­za­lez (right shoul­der strain) all ran and took early bat­ting prac­tice. Gon­za­lez is el­i­gi­ble to come off the DL on Mon­day and there is a good chance he will be ready.

Qualls cut loose.

With the re­turn of Jon Gray, the club des­ig­nated vet­eran righthander re­liever Chad Qualls for as­sign­ment. Pa­trick Saun­ders, The Den­ver Post

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