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07/12/08 4:17 PM ET

Fatigued quad lands Taveras on bench

Speedy center fielder gets day off Saturday to rest wheels

NEW YORK -- If there's one thing center fielder Willy Taveras usually has, it's speed.

So when a sore left quadriceps robbed Taveras of his burners for Saturday's game against the Mets, that left manager Clint Hurdle with one option.

Taveras is sitting.

"It's probably fatigued," Hurdle said of Taveras' ailing quad, adding that Friday's night game followed by Saturday's afternoon contest factored into the benching. "You don't need a runner not able to run in your lineup, or not able to get balls in the outfield."

Taveras, who is hitting .247 to go along with 39 stolen bases, has had a history of quadriceps problems. He missed a large part of last season with an injured right quad and couldn't play in a first-round playoff series against the Phillies.

On July 2 against the Padres, leading the Majors at the time with 38 stolen bases, Taveras felt soreness in his left quadriceps. He then went on to play in six more games until getting pulled from Saturday's contest. Scott Podsednik will replace Taveras in center field for the Rockies.

"Willy's in a position right now where he's not in a position to play, he's not able to do the things he needs to do to stay in the lineup, so he's going to come out," Hurdle said. "This is a tough stretch for us, we are scratching and clawing and trying to dig out of the dirt right now. It don't have to be pretty."

Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.