DENVER -- Rehabbing Rockies relievers Matt Lindstrom and Huston Street are scheduled to pitch one inning apiece at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.The pair will also throw on Wednesday. If all goes well, Lindstrom (nerve injury in his right arm) and Street (right triceps strain) could join the Rockies during their series in Los Angeles, which begins on Friday. "It's possible," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said of the relievers returning to face the Dodgers. "But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I don't want to make any pre-judgement with regard to that. I think a lot of it has to do with how they feel and how they perform. That's very important." Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs is scheduled to be the SkySox's designated hitter on Monday, the third game in his rehab assignment. Spilborghs, on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, went 3-for-7 with a double and two RBIs in his first two games with Colorado Springs.
Barmes welcomed in return to Denver
DENVER -- To understand the impact Astros shortstop Clint Barmes had on the Rockies organization, one only needed to see the crowd that surrounded him during batting practice on Monday.Barmes, making his first appearance at Coors Field -- where he played for parts of eight seasons -- since being traded to Houston in November, shook hands and doled out hugs to many of his former coaches and teammates. He spent several minutes talking to Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who has often expressed his admiration for Barmes. "He was here for a long time, and he was a great teammate, a great guy," Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta said. "He was loved in the clubhouse, loved as a teammate. It's good to see him again. It's good to see him play every day, which he wasn't always able to do." The Rockies traded Barmes to Houston for right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino (now with the Royals), in part, so he would have the opportunity to be an everyday player. "There's not one bad thing I can say about the Rockies," Barmes, Colorado's 10th-round Draft choice in 2000, said on Sunday. "Even coming here, they could have traded me anywhere and I could have been a utility player, but they knew I wanted to play every day." While Iannetta wishes Barmes was still in the Rockies' clubhouse, he said the former Colorado infielder, who played mostly second base for the Rockies, is the perfect fit for a young, rebuilding team in Houston. "He's a veteran now," Iannetta said. "He's a perfect guy to lead by example and be a veteran leader on that team." Barmes hit .254 with 61 home runs and 285 RBIs during his eight seasons with the Rockies.
EY2 getting it done on the basepaths
DENVER -- Eric Young Jr.'s speed is paying dividends for the Rockies.Young's nine stolen bases in August lead the Major Leagues, and his career-high three swiped bags on Saturday were instrumental in the Rockies' 7-6, 13-inning win over the Dodgers. Though his speed, which led to a football-scholarship offer from Villanova out of high school, is an important part of his success, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Young's study habits play an equal role. "He's always been a good basestealer," Tracy said. "He's been a student of it for quite some time." Young's ability to gauge the proper spots to attempt steals, and how to do it successfully on a consistent basis, has earned his manager's trust. "More times than not, you're better served in just leaving him alone, unless you absolutely don't want him to go." Young's assault on the basepaths is nothing new. In just 51 games with the Rockies last season, he stole 17 bases, giving him a share of the rookie franchise record with Quinton McCracken (1996). This season, Young is on a similar tear, swiping 15 bags through 50 games entering Monday's action. Young is still learning how to harness his break-neck pace in the outfield. On the Rockies' last homestand, he misplayed a ball hit to left field off the bat of Danny Espinosa, which eventually led to the winning run in Washington's 3-2 victory. On Saturday, Young made a running grab near the wall on a nearly identical ball to save at least one run in the Rockies' extra-innings win. Tracy said that situation represents Young's dedication to improve his defense. "One thing I know about Eric Young Jr.," Tracy said. "He's not afraid to work. That's something that goes a long way with me."
Nick Kosmider is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.