Thirty-five beautiful seconds of twitvid; Rockies face Giants

For those who spend the full six weeks in Spring Training, it can get old. For those who come for a few days, it’s nice to be at the ballpark, but the games aren’t as important as the fun, sun, hot dogs and beverages. But every now and then, something happens that makes you take notice and smile.

It came across my Twitter feed this morning.

The Rockies, from their @rockies Twitter account, sent out 35 glorious seconds of video of left-hander Jorge De La Rosa throwing his first “live” bullpen session. The video shows two nice pitches. Also, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez swung the bat against De La Rosa during the session.

Will De La Rosa come back from the elbow surgery he underwent last May any faster than late May or mid June? No. But seeing him burning fastballs, no matter what the setting, is energetic for Rockies fans.

The Rockies are playing the Giants today at Scottsdale Stadium. The most interesting lineup twist is Jordan Pacheco starting at catcher and batting third. If Casey Blake is healthy enough to begin the year as the Rockies’ starting third baseman, the dominoes could fall in a manner that has Pacheco beginning the year as the backup catcher.

The only drawback of using Pacheco, who also plays the corner infield spots, as the second catcher is the team loses his bat late in games. Managers are reluctant to use the backup catcher before they have to in a game; if the backup has been used as a pinch-hitter and the starter has been injured, the team is in a bind. However, starting catcher Ramon Hernandez, at 35 and turning 36 May 20, will need more rest than many starting catchers, so Pacheco can get ample at-bats.

Here is the Rockies’ order:

Dexter Fowler, CF

Marco Scutaro, 2B

Jordan Pacheco, C

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Chris Nelson, 3B

Tyler Colvin, RF

Eric Young Jr., CF

Juan Nicasio, RHP

Rockies relief pitching:

Rex Brothers, LHP

Josh Roenicke, RHP

Esmil Rogers, RHP

Mike Ekstrom, RHP

Zach Simons, RHP

 

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