Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Tom Murphy hasn't made a whole lot of progress in his recovery from a March forearm fracture and Tony Wolters suffered a concussion Tuesday night when he was struck on the side of the mask with Manuel Margot's backswing, leaving Dustin Garneau as the only active catcher on the Rockies' 40-man roster. Colorado signed Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract late in spring training and he seems likely to join the big league club on Wednesday in place of Wolters, but this could be Garneau's time to shine. The 29-year-old batted .292/.367/.595 with 15 home runs and 35 RBI in 52 games last season with Triple-A Albuquerque and he had 15 homers and 61 RBI in 81 games at Albuquerque the summer before. Garneau isn't your typical high-upside waiver-wire add, but he possesses the kind of power that can shine through given the right opportunity. And it sure looks like he's going to be the primary catcher in Colorado for the next couple of weeks.