Lo Duca willing to take his time

Veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca realizes his big league opportunity may come later than sooner.

Lo Duca, in the Rockies’ camp under a Minor League contract, began attracting interest from teams seeking catching help. But a few days ago he suffered a strain beneath his right arm. He’s back on the lineup card for today’s game against the Padres at Hi Corbett Field, and will play first base if used defensively.

There’s still time left in camp, but it’s possible the setback could be enough to dissuade a team from making a move for him. If that’s the case, Lo Ducca, a four-time All-Star Game participant, said he is willing to go to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Lo Duca battled injury in 2008 and did not play in 2009.

“I’m OK with that,” Lo Duca said. “When you haven’t played in a year and a half, basically, you need to get back in the swing of things. To go there and get some at-bats regularly would be great. I know there are a lot of guys there that need to get at-bats, too.

“I just want to keep going. I still have passion for the game. As soon as I got behind home plate, I knew that’s where I want to be still.”

Pitchers have enjoyed throwing to Lo Duca.

“I felt great catching — receiving-wise, and my legs feel great,” Lo Duca said. “My arm did feel great until the other day. I feel good. I feel I can still catch. I always take pride in calling the game and working on strategy with the pitcher.

“I know here would be more as a guy who doesn’t catch every day. I’d only catch certain days and play a little first base. I’m prepared for anything.”

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