DENVER -- Ty Wigginton was the only Rockies position player not to appear in Saturday night's 8-7 loss to the Brewers, but there was an extenuating circumstance.
Catcher Chris Iannetta was ejected in the seventh inning, which forced Eliezer Alfonzo into the game. Wigginton, who has played several infield and outfield positions for the Rockies this season, is the emergency third catcher. He had to sit and wait just in case something happened to Alfonzo.
Wigginton has a long-ago catching background. He has no fear if he has to put on the equipment in a Major League game.
"I did it in Triple-A and I've caught in Spring Training," Wigginton said. "You go back there and do the best you can. Growing up, I was a catcher. I caught some in college [at UNC-Asheville], but I was drafted as a shortstop."
For the most part, however, the challenge for manager Jim Tracy is getting Wigginton into games, not keeping him on the bench. It became tougher when the Rockies recalled original starters Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler from their exiles in Triple-A Colorado Springs. Still, Wigginton is hitting .252 but with solid run production -- 13 home runs and 38 RBIs, mostly while starting at third base.
The Rockies signed Wigginton to a two-year, $8 million contract to cover them in case of slumps or injuries at several positions. Wigginton, however, took the assignment as a challenge.
"The bottom line is I want to win games," Wigginton said. "My goal has never changed throughout my career. It's my job to make it where the manager can't take me out of the lineup."
Tracy said he will find starts for Wigginton. The opportunities exist, whether it's when he rests Stewart at third base, who is being given a chance to provide the power that the Rockies need; or at second, to avoid wear and tear on Mark Ellis, who has a history of leg muscle injuries; or as a right-handed bat when first baseman Todd Helton sits.
"There's no plan whatsoever to just leaving Ty Wigginton sitting over here," Tracy said.
Tracy, Fowler meet before Sunday's game
DENVER -- The education continues for Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Before Sunday's game against the Brewers, manager Jim Tracy conducted a lengthy meeting with Fowler.
In his first two games back in the lineup after being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler is 1-for-8 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. Fowler was back in the lineup on Sunday as the No. 2 hitter. Although manager Jim Tracy would like to see Fowler in the leadoff spot, which would move Carlos Gonzalez into a better position to drive in runs, he wants Fowler to find a comfort level.
"We're completely on the same page," Tracy said. "We're trying to educate a very talented player on what it is that's going to make him as good an offensive player as he is a defensive player. That's what the conversation was about."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.