DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy doesn't want to add any pressure to Josh Rutledge, but the 2010 third-round pick was due for a promotion.Rutledge, hitting .347 with six RBIs in the two weeks since he was called up, opened Saturday's game against the Reds hitting in the No. 2 hole. Rutledge has hit eighth in 10 games and seventh in three. "It's important to be mindful that we're in the very early stages [of Rutledge's career], but I am very intrigued to see how he pans out at that spot in the lineup," Tracy said. "It could potentially make a whole lot of sense." Rutledge's 29 total bases since July 13 lead all National League rookies, and he became the second Rockies player to go at least 2-for-2 with two RBIs in his Major League debut (Derrick Gibson). "He's a good bat handler," Tracy said.
Rockies recall Field to add infield depth
DENVER -- To replace Marco Scutaro -- traded Friday night to the Giants -- on the 25-man roster, the Rockies on Saturday recalled Tommy Field from Triple-A Colorado Springs.Field, who manager Jim Tracy says can play second base or shortstop, is available for Saturday night's game against the Reds. Field, 25, made his Major League debut last September, when he hit .271 (13-for-48) with three RBIs in 16 games. "I want to get another look at his offense," Tracy said. "I'll try to work him in." DJ LeMahieu started at second base -- Scutaro's old position -- Saturday. LeMahieu was recalled from Colorado Springs on July 17 to replace Chris Nelson. Nelson (irregular heartbeat) and Jonathan Herrera (wrist infection) are eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Tracy is eager to use that time to get more looks at LeMahieu, who has hit .229 in 24 games with the Rockies. "DJ is getting run at second tonight," Tracy said. "We need to see him at a consistent basis." Charlie Culberson, the infielder acquired in exchange for Scutaro, reported to Colorado Springs.
Rockies could make more moves before Deadline
DENVER -- With Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline looming and the team stuck 17 games back in the National League West, there's a good chance more Rockies players could be on their way out of town.The club traded Marco Scutaro to the Giants on Friday night, their third trade this year (Jeremy Guthrie to the Royals; Esmil Rogers to Cleveland). Closer Rafael Betancourt and backup catcher Ramon Hernandez are both under contract through next season but have been rumored as trade bait. "There's an understanding amongst our veteran players that this is a business," manager Jim Tracy said. "There's certain things that have to be done." It will all result in a youth movement, if it hasn't already. Half of the Rockies starting infield Saturday against the Reds began the season in the Minors, with Todd Helton the only one with more than a year of experience. "Patience is very, very important," Tracy said. "[If they] make mistakes, you let them know. And then they'll get better."
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will begin his rehab assignment Sunday in a start at Class A Modesto, with a pitch count not to exceed 50. Chacin will then make two starts at Double-A Tulsa and one with Triple-A Colorado Springs, working his way up to 90 pitches.Chacin has been on the disabled list since May 2. Utility infielder Jonathan Herrera, placed on the 15-day disabled list July 17 with a left wrist infection, went 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment Friday night with Colorado Springs.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.