LOS ANGELES -- It's not something Rockies manager Jim Tracy likes to do, but he wants to get Jason Giambi at-bats. He'd prefer if it weren't against one of the game's toughest lefties, Clayton Kershaw, but so be it.
"Tell him his manager's real aware of it," Tracy said. "And his manager squirms every time he has to go about doing it."
Giambi and catcher Paul Phillips were both given starts on Sunday as Todd Helton and Miguel Olivo were both given some rest. Tracy said he had been planning since the start of the series to have Olivo catch Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin. Those two pitched the first two games of the three-game set that wraps up Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
"It's been awhile since I've given him a day off," Tracy said of Olivo.
Phillips hit eighth and Giambi sixth. Giambi's hitting .252 with six home runs and 32 RBIs in 163 at-bats. He hasn't hit noticeably worse against left-handers this season, with a .250 mark in 44 at-bats against them.
Rockies rest Young with sore right shin
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies second baseman Eric Young was bothered by the right shin that landed him on the 60-day disabled list in May and was given the day off on Sunday.
"He came out of the game [in the sixth inning Saturday], sooner than I had the intention of removing him," manager Jim Tracy said. "That spot on his shin, where we dealt with the chip fracture and stuff, he got sore. That spot flared up a little bit."
The Rockies have an off-day on Monday and Tracy said Young would be looked at again on Tuesday. Young is hitting .261 with no home runs and 17 stolen bases in 44 games.
Jonathan Herrera, hitting .290 in 183 at-bats, started at second base and batted second.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he wasn't purposely avoiding Octavio Dotel on Saturday because the reliever had just been traded, literally, across the stadium. Rather, in a game the Rockies led, 12-0, and won, 12-2, it wasn't a situation Tracy felt appropriate for someone of Dotel's caliber. "I don't think you'll ever see me use him in a situation like that," Tracy said. "He was brought over here for a little more intense situation than that." ... Closer Huston Street said he learned a lot as a rookie in 2005 from Dotel when both were with the Athletics. ... Tracy said that Troy Tulowitzki can't be said to be in the zone right now: "It's something else." ... The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium going back to 2008. Asked if there's a feeling that the Rockies simply can't beat the young left-hander, Tracy said, "He doesn't just pitch good against the Rockies."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.