June 2009

Rockies draft son of manager Tracy

A few years ago, Mark Tracy was headed to Colorado State to play football. But at the last minute, he decided to follow his father and two older brothers into baseball. He did well enough at that at Duquesne University that the Rockies selected him in the 49th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

As far as his father, Rockies manager Jim Tracy, is concerned, the selection is because he has developed into a power hitter in a short time. Tracy hit .250 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs this past season as a junior.

“Over the last couple of years, he made some strides,” Jim Tracy said from Milwaukee, where his Rockies won their eighth straight game, 5-4, over the Brewers.  “When you’re 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6 ad 220 pounds, four [homers] won’t get it done, as I told him.

“He’s starting to figure it out a little bit. He’s an interesting project. I don’t know where it’s going to go. I don’t know if he’s going to go back and play his senior year at Duquesne. He’s over in Alaska right now and over the next couple of days or so, we’ll sort some things out.”

The Rockies selected two other players with organizational bloodlines.

Catcher Heath Holliday, son of Rockies special assistant to the general manager Dave Holliday, and cousin of Athletics slugger Matt Holliday, was selected out f Bixby (Okla.) High School in the 46th round, and catcher-infielder Sterling Monfort, son of Rockies vice chairman Dick Monfort, in the 47th round out of Eaton (Colo.) High School.

Stewart, Barmes in, Atkins out for Cards finale

Rockies manager Jim Tracy, needing to stay with the hot bats of Ian Stewart and Clint Barmes, left third baseman Garrett Atkins out of the lineup for Monday’s finale of a four-game set with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Tracy insisted, however, that Atkins is not going to be buried on the bench. Tracy will look for favorable matchups, try to put him in key pinch-hit situations and see if he can make Atkins a viable lineup option. Atkins has shown life lately, but he is batting .189 with fivfe home runs and 20 RBIs.

“In no way do I want to be having people thinking or suggesting that that’s it with Garrett Atkins, but because of where we’re at right now I am in a position to pick spots for the time being that make the most sense,” Tracy said.

Here are Monday’s lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Carlos Gonzalez, LF

Paul Phillips, C

Jason Marquis, P

Cardinals

Skip Schumaker, 2B

Colby Rasmus, CF

Albert Pujols, 1B

Ryan Ludwick, RF

Chris Duncan, LF

Yadier Molina, C

Tyler Greene, 3B

Brad Thompson, P

Brendan Ryan, SS

Torrealba will have time to settle in

To help Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba regain baseball form after being away from the team to deal with the kidnapping of his son and two other family members in Venezuela (all were released), Major League Baseball has granted Torrealba and the Rockies a five-day period in which Torrealba can play Minor League games.

The period will be triggered after Torrealba reports to the club.

Torrealba left the team Tuesday upon hearing that his son, his brother-in-law and his wife’s brother-in-law were kidnapped. The three were freed on Wednesday. MLB allowed the Rockies to place Torrealba on the restricted list (not a disabled list or a bereavement list), which allowed the club to replace him on the 40-man Major League and 25-man active rosters without losing another player. Conversations between the Rockies, MLB and the MLB Players Association led to the agreement to allow Torrealba to acclimate himself again to baseball after dealing with his special circumstances.

Torrealba has not indicated when he will return. The Rockies are standing by their statement at the time of the incident, saying Torrealba will get all the time he needs. Manager Jim Tracy said there is not a tentative date at this point, and he is aware of the rehab period.

“Because of the time he has been away, there is a window for us to involve him in some [Minor League] games, rather than bring him back and just put him in this dugout and think that he’d be ready to go,” Tracy said.

Also, Chirs Iannetta, who has been out since late May with a right hamstring strain, has completed his injury rehab assignment and will be activated Tuesday in Milwaukee if he passes the club’s physical examination.

 

Helton has Sunday off

Rockies manager Jim Tracy looked at the schedule and saw, well, a lot of games. this is the seventh game of an 11-game, 11-day road trip. when the Rockies dome home, they play three with the Mariners before finally getting their first day off since May 28. So, Sunday is as good a time as any to sit first baseman Todd Helton, who was 1-for-6 in the first two games with the Cardinals. Sunday is Helton’s first game out of the starting lineup since May 17 at Pittsburgh.

Here are Sunday’s lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Garrett Atkins, 1B

Ian Stewart, 3B

Carlos Gonzalez, LF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Paul Phillips, C

Ubaldo Jimenez, P

Cardinals

Skip Schumaker, 2B

Colby Rasmus, CF

Albert Pujols, 1B

Rick Ankiel, RF

Chris Duncan, LF

Yadier Molina, C

Joe Thurston, 3B

Brendan Ryan, SS

Joel Piniero, P

 

 

Final seps for Iannetta

Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is scheduled to catch nine innings Saturday night and Sunday for Triple-A Colorado Springs as he wraps up a rehab assignment for a strained right hamstring strain. If all goes well, he could be rejoin the Rockies on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Going into Saturday, Iannetta was 3-for-7 with a home run and three RBIs through two games of his rehab assignment.

Also, left-hander Franklin Morales (shoulder strain) started Friday for the Sky Sox and threw 78 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. Tracy said Morales will have a 100-pitch limit in his next start, then the team would discuss whether to activate him.

Fowler resting calf

Rockies manager Jim Tracy gave rookie center fieler Dexter Fowler some rest time Saturday. Fowler fouled a pitch off his right calf Friday night, and had the area heavly taped Saturday. Seth Smith replaced him atop the order. It was also Carlos Gonzalez’s first start in center field for the Rockies. Here are the lineups for the Rockies-Cardinals game:

Rockies

Seth Smith, LF

Clint Barmes, SS

Todd Helton, 1B

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Ian Stewart, 2B

Carlos Gonzalez, CF

Edwin Bellorin, C

Aaron Cook, P

Cardinals

Skip Schumaker, 2B

Rick Ankiel, CF

Albert Pujols, 1B

Ryan Ludwick, RF

Chris Duncan, LF

Jason LaRue, C

Joe Thurston, 3B

Todd Wellemeyer, P

Tyler Greene, SS

 

Needing offense, or some semblance of it

The Rockies are without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for Wednesday night’s game with the Astros. Manager Jim Tracy’s position on Tuesday night was to use Omar Quintanilla at shortstop, with Clint Barmes at second base.

But when he determined his lineup card, Tracy went with Ian Stewart at second and Barmes at short.

Manager Jim Tracy’s position was Stewart poses more of an offensive threat than Quintanilla. Even Tracy said the Astros won’t be fearing Stewart’s .177 batting average. But Stewart has three hits off the Astros this year. All are home runs.

Here are the lineups for Wednsday:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, SS

Todd Helton, 1B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Seth Smith, LF

Ian Stewart, 2B

Paul Phillips, C

Jason Marquis, P

Astros

Michael Bourn, CF

Miguel Tejada, SS

Hunter Pence, RF

Carlos Lee, LF

Lance Berkman, 1B

Ivan Rodriguez, C

Geoff Blum, 3B

Edwin Maysonet, 2B

Brian Moehler, P

Rehab city

Left-hander Franklin Morales, coming back from a throwing shoulder strain, had as good a first rehab assignment as the Rockies could have expected on Sunday.

Morales went four innings and gave up two runs on five hits, and threw strikes on 48 of his 72 pitches.

“I talked to a lot of people, and he had a tough first inning and got better after that,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “He threw 86-94 mph, averaged 91-92. He showed good arm strength, his delivery was better. He’s still a work in progress, but it’s a good first step.”

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Morales will receive another start, then the Rockies will evaluate him.

Right-hander Matt Daley (sprained left foot) is scheduled to throw an innning in Colorado Springs on Monday night, but rain is threatening that. Tracy said his rehab should be a short one.Catcher Chris Iannetta (strained right hamstrings) is due to join the Colorado Springs club on Tuesday. Tracy said there is a chance Iannetta will rejoin the club in Milwaukee at the end of the current road trip.

Now, for the guys who are here at Minute Maid Park for a three-game series with the Astros. …

Center fielder Dexter Fowler receives a rest, and Ryan Spilborghs leads off and plays center.

Rockies

Ryan Spilborghs, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Seth Smith, LF

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Yorvit Torrealba, C

Aaron Cook, P

Astros

Michael Bourn, CF

Miguel Tejada, SS

Hunter Pence, RF

Carlos Lee, LF

Lance Berkman, 1B

Ivan Rodriguez, C

Jeff Keppinger, 3B

Edwin Maysonet, 2B

Roy Oswalt, P

 

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