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Rockies sign Descalso to two-year deal

DENVER — The Rockies and left-handed hitting utility infielder Daniel

Daniel Descalso

Daniel Descalso (Gary Cameron / Reuters)

Descalso have reached an agreement on a two-year contract on Tuesday. ESPN, citing agent Steve Cantor, reported the deal to be worth $3.6 million.

Descalso had spent his entire career with the Cardinals (2010-14), and last season batted .242 with no home runs and 10 RBIs. He is a career .243 hitter with a .313 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 111 RBIs in 529 games. The Cardinals non-tendered him this winter. Descalso, 28, also brings 44 games of postseason experience.

The Rockies see Descalso as a left-handed hitting spot-starter who can play second base, third base and shortstop, and has limited experience (nine games, three starts) at first base. The regulars at the positions – DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki, are all right-handed hitters. Descalso has played in 200 games (91 starts) at third, 174 games (110 starts) at second and 114 games (88 starts) at short.

The Rockies needed infield depth after trading Josh Rutledge to the Angels for right-handed relief pitcher Jairo Diaz last week.

To learn more about Descalso, he will be available to fans via Twitter:

CarGo rests after running into wall; updated on Rutledge, Scahill and new starter for Thursday

730lineupRockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez took a day off from his year of pain.

Gonzalez was not in the lineup Wednesday night against the Cubs. Gonzalez smashed into the wall in foul ground, while unsuccessfully trying to barehand Junior Lake’s foul pop and protect his aching left knee and right ankle, during right during the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s 16-inning, 4-3 Rockies loss to the Cubs.

Gonzalez remained in the game until being removed in a double-switch in the bottom of the 12th.

“That was my only option,” Gonzalez said of trying to barehand the ball with his left hand. “My ankle was hurting, so I had no brakes. I tried to stop myself with the ball. My glove was down by that time and the wall was so close. That was my reaction.”

Asked how he felt, Gonzalez said, “Well, I’m hanging in there.”

Manager Walt Weiss said he wanted to give Gonzalez a rest. He’ll revisit starting him in Thursday’s day game that ends the four-game series.

In other Rockies developments:

• Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge said he is available in an emergency Wednesday night, after missing the first two games of this series with an upper-respiratory infection.

The Rockies scratched Rutledge 15 minutes before first pitch on Monday, and he ended up being sent to a local emergency room. The illness is not related to the flu that knocked him out of action earlier this year, but it was frightening nonetheless.

“I don’t think I’d ever been to the emergency room until this year, and I’ve been three times this year,” Rutledge said.

Rutledge was on the lineup card for Tuesday night’s marathon, but spent the evening at the team hotel. As the teams played well into the night, Rutledge thought about hopping a cab and joining the fun.

“I thought about calling ‘Doogie’ [head athletic trainer Keith Dugger] in about the 12th inning and see what he said, but I didn’t,” Rutledge said.

Because he slept the entire day and into the evening, Rutledge said he was able to watch the entire game.

• To help a bullpen depleted by the long game, the Rockies recalled right-hander Rob Scahill from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Scahill (0-0, 6.75 ERA in three Major League games this year) gives the Rockies a reliever who can pitch multiple innings. Switch-hitting infielder Cristhian Adames, who went 0-for-3 off the bench Tuesday in his Major League debut, was optioned to Colorado Springs.

• Because lefty Tyler Matzek pitched the 16th inning Tuesday, the Rockies will call up lefty Pedro Hernandez (6-6, 6.14 ERA at Colorado Springs) to start against the Cubs on Thursday. Hernandez has appeared in 15 career Major League games, including 13 starts, with the Twins and White Sox (3-4, 7.57 ERA).

Hernandez will be the Rockies’ 14th different starter this year.

Matzek will be re-slotted into the rotation and will not miss a full turn.

– Thomas Harding

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