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Friday night marked Rockies utility man Charlie Culberson’s first time at first base, and the 4-2 loss to the Pirates was an eventful night.
Culberson had to leap for an errant Nolan Arenado throw in the seventh — it was an error on the third baseman, but Culberson made sure runs didn’t score — and he stretched very length of his 6-foot frame to catch a wide throw from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the eighth. The runner was originally ruled safe, but replay overturned that call.
Culberson played well enough to earn another start at third base on Saturday, with Justin Morneau out for a second game with a stiff neck. Not only was it his first time at first in the Majors, it was his first games at first in his entire life.
“It was fun,” Culberson said. “The first time I even took groundballs at first was in Milwaukee, that last game, when Stu [Cole, the infield coach and third-base coach] said, ‘Hey, take some groundballs at first.’ I practiced some at first and I filled in Thursday night because Morneau was not there. I was all right.
“I’m still in the infield. It’s a different glove, but it’s OK.”
A middle infielder by trade, Culberson played 27 games in left field when called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs last season.
Here’s stuff that isn’t fun, though:
— The Rockies scratched Justin Morneau before Friday night’s game against the Pirates at PNC Park because of neck stiffness. It was a problem during Spring Training and maybe once or twice when the season began, but at least it has not been a chronic issue. It’s Morneau’s return to Pittsburgh, where he spent the final month of last regular season and the National League Wild Card game, and Division Series loss to the Cardinals.
Charlie Culberson replaces Morneau. Culberson has never played at first base in the Majors or the Minors.
— Right-handed prospect Eddie Butler’s injury second rehab start (right rotator cuff strain) was postponed from Thursday to Friday. Butler was in Memphis for the game, but his Colorado Springs Sky Sox didn’t make it because of flight issues. Butler will pitch against the Memphis Redbirds at 6:05 p.m. MT. On Saturday, Butler went four innings and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks, with two strikeouts, while pitching for Class A Modesto on Saturday.
— Outfielder Michael Cuddyer (left shoulder fracture) and right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman (left hand fracture) are on the trip and working out. They’ll have examinations when the team returns to Denver Friday to determine their next rehab steps.
— Right-handed reliever Nick Masset (left patellar tendon strain) faced hitters for 20 pitches on Thursday night at PNC Park. If all goes well, he will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
— Thomas Harding