MIAMI -- The Rockies added organizational depth Friday when they acquired infielder Brad Emaus.
The 25-year-old was acquired from the Blue Jays in exchanged for minor league right-hander Chris Malone. Toronto will also receive a player to be named or cash considerations to complete the trade.
Emaus will not be added to Colorado's 40-man roster and is set to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
After selecting him in the Rule V Draft before this season, the Mets named Emaus their Opening Day second baseman. But he struggled in the big leagues, hitting .162 in 42 plate appearances before they decided to return him to the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Malone was originally drafted by the Royals in the 36th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. After spending some time in independent ball, Malone joined the Rockies organization in 2008. The 27-year-old reliever went 3-5 with a 4.10 ERA for Double-A Tulsa last season. He was 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA at the time of the trade.
Wigginton proud of joining 1,000-hit club
MIAMI -- Ty Wigginton is in his 10th big league season, but the veteran experienced an unforgettable moment in Wednesday's win against the Giants.
The 33-year-old collected his 1,000th career hit on a three-run homer in the second inning against Giants star Matt Cain.
"It's definitely a cool accomplishment," Wigginton said. "I think it makes you think back to when you first get drafted and you were wondering if you would ever be able to get that many hits. Of course, everyone is young and naïve and thinks they're going to be the next big thing and get 3,000."
Wigginton probably won't reach 3,000 hits, but the utilityman will be remembered as a player who has helped several teams over his career. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Wigginton became just the fourth player in Major League history to spread his 1,000 career hits over six or more teams.
"I just enjoy playing," Wigginton said. "I enjoy everything about the game of baseball. I like the strategy and the mental side of it even more than the physical side. I'm grateful that every day I get to put on a Major League uniform and I take a lot of pride in that."
The milestone hit ended up pacing a four-run rally that led to a 10-2 Rockies victory. But Wigginton did not spend much time savoring the moment. The tireless worker was already focused on his next at bat by the time he returned to the Rockies dugout.
"After that one I was already thinking about how he was going to come at me in the next at-bat," Wigginton said. "It's definitely one of those things that you look back at when you're done playing and remember it as a cool moment. It's kind of like making the All-Star team last year. It was great, but it's over and done with, and I'm focusing on what team we're facing the next day."
Rockies road success key in strong start
MIAMI -- The Rockies currently have the best record in the Majors for a number of reasons, but none seems more obvious than their early success away from Coors Field.
Colorado is 7-1 on the road this season and manager Jim Tracy is pleased to see his team start off strong away from their home park.
"For us to play good on the road is important," Tracy said. "In the history of the organization there's only been one winning season on the road and that was in 2009 when we finished 41-40."
First baseman Todd Helton is not putting too much stock into the team's early road success, but he does hope it will carry over into this weekend's series against the Marlins.
"We've only been on one road trip so I don't think you can read too much into it right now," Helton said. "We lost the last series, but we've got another big road trip and if we pitch well, play good defense and get some timely hitting we can get back on track."
Former Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom believes his new team's hot start on the road is due to a focus on the basics.
"I think we've been doing the little things right," Lindstrom said. "We've taken advantage of mistakes and done things like going first to third, holding runners on and limiting mental mistakes. But we can't get comfortable. It's a long season and things can go bad in a hurry if you relax too much."
The Rockies struggled at Sun Life Stadium last season, losing three of four games after returning from the All-Star break. But Tracy does not believe the team played as poorly as the 1-3 record shows.
"We came in here last year and I know we lost three out of four but in two of the losses that we took, we got walked off," Tracy said. "Then, in the final game, we were matched up against Josh Johnson. De La Rosa did a great job against him and I think we ended up getting beat in the tenth inning. We played very, very good baseball here last year. We didn't win the games we wanted to win but we were in position to win all of them."
Tracy believes the 2011 Rockies can prevent some of the late-inning heartbreak they experienced at Sun Life Stadium last season, if they can continue to execute the way they have been since this season started.
"Minimize mistakes, don't give them the extra at-bats and extra outs during the course of the game and then play our game accordingly," Tracy said. "If we can do that, we have a bullpen sitting down there that is very, very difficult to score runs against."
Tulowitzki sitting at 99 career homers
MIAMI -- Troy Tulowitzki is one of the hottest hitters in the big leagues and he sits just one swing away from a milestone.
The 26-year-old is just one home run shy of 100 for his career but he says that is the furthest thing from his mind as he heads into this weekend's series against the Marlins.
"It'd be cool but at the same time I don't worry about those things," Tulowitzki said. "Maybe when I'm done playing this game then I'll look back and appreciate it more. Right now I'm too focused on trying to help the Rockies win to worry about that stuff."
One would think Tulowitzki's chances of reaching the milestone this weekend are strong. After all, he is batting .343 and his seven homers lead the Majors.
But his career numbers at Sun Life Stadium suggest he may have a tough time accomplishing the feat at the cavernous park. At the Marlins' stadium, Tulowitzki is batting .143 with one home run and three RBIs in 10 games, but he is not letting his past struggles affect his approach to this weekend's games.
"It's just one of those things where sometimes you hit well at a park and sometimes you don't," Tulowitzki said. "I plan on changing that though. I expect nothing but good things to happen whenever I take the field. You've got to look at it that way."
Aaron Cook threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander has been on the 60-day DL since March 22 with a fractured right hand. ... At 13-3 in April, the Rockies have secured their fifth April in team history with at least a .500 record. The last time Colorado finished with an above .500 record in April was in 2006 when they went 15-10. ... The Rockies currently lead the Majors with 23 double plays turned this season. In 2010, Colorado led the Majors in double plays turned with 182. ... Former Rockies All-Star Dante Bichette threw some batting practice prior to Friday's game. Bichette, who ranks fourth on the club's all-time home run list, lives in South Florida.
David Villavicencio is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.