10/09/07 6:40 PM ET
Taveras feels good to go for NLCS
Rox speedster shows no ill effects from injured quad Tuesday
By Jim Street / MLB.com
Taveras fouled out in the top of the first inning and raced into right-center to snare a line drove for the final out in the bottom of the first. He was twice hit by pitches, but the liberal rules being used allowed him to remain at the plate as a teammate went to first base.It was after the second HBP that Taveras hit a hot shot into left field, driving in a run. He later scored from second on a triple to right field, coasting around the bases with no hint of discomfort. "You look for things like, 'Is he dragging his leg at all?'" Gustafson said, "'and is he getting out of the box right away?'" The answers to both questions was "yes" and the smile on Taveras' face indicated it was a good day under a hot desert sun. "I ran a 3.65 down the line, and I don't think I could do any better than that," he said. "I felt good running, and it also felt good to play nine innings and get some action. I played seven innings the other day and didn't get a ball hit to me. I got a lot of balls today." The next fly ball that comes his way could be at Chase Field or Coors Field. "I just want to help the team as much as I can," he said. "The reason you work hard all spring and through the summer is to get into the playoffs, and I'd just like to be part of the club. They have been playing great without me, but I still feel part of the team and believe I can help." Another mending Rockies player, pitcher Aaron Cook, is scheduled to pitch seven innings on Wednesday during an instructional league game at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. How he performs could help determine manager Clint Hurdle's pitching staff for the NLCS.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.