CHICAGO -- Miguel Olivo's second stolen base of the season in the Rockies' 6-2 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday is one he'll soon forget.
Olivo, who walked on four pitches with no outs following a Todd Helton two-run homer in the top of the seventh, darted for second with Ian Stewart at the plate and dove for the bag but managed to land face-first, sliding in safely but dragging his face through the dirt in the process. Rockies manager Jim Tracy and the club's trainer ran out to check on Olivo, who remained on the ground for several minutes. Olivo came out of the contest and was replaced by backup catcher Paul Phillips.
"He basically hit his head and snapped his head back," said Tracy. "On the field, he complained about soreness in the back of his neck."
After the game, Olivo was seated in front of his locker eating a plate of pasta, and when asked how he felt, he said, "I'm fine."
Nevertheless, he had scrapes on his chin and forehead to show for his trouble.
Tracy optimistic Helton, Tulo will bounce back
CHICAGO -- That the Rockies are only one game below .500 following Tuesday's loss against the Cubs is fairly remarkable when you consider that Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki, the team's Nos. 4-5 hitters, respectively, have combined for two home runs and 24 RBIs.
To compensate, Colorado skipper Jim Tracy has had to make some lineup adjustments on the fly as he waits for his big bats to come around. The most recent adjustment has been to start Seth Smith in the outfield at the expense of Dexter Fowler.
"We've got guys in this lineup right now whose resumes suggest that when they start hitting, they're not going to stop hitting," Tracy said. "In the meantime, you've got to do what you have to do to put your club in a position to win as may games as possible."
When asked if Fowler was a victim of Helton and Tulowitzki's combined power outage, Tracy said, "Bottom line. Bottom line."
Tulowitzki hit 32 homers last season, and Helton, while not the slugger he was during his prime, still hit 15 long balls. Overall, the Rockies rank 10th in the National League with 34 homers and sixth in runs per game, which is low considering the inflating effect Coors Field has on offensive numbers.
"I look at the glass half full," said Tracy, referring to his team's break-even record despite the struggles of his best hitters. "If you had told me [they'd have one home run], I'd have giggled at you.
"That's the beauty of managing. Serious. From one day to the next, you don't know what you're going to encounter."
Rockies' lineup is balanced enough
CHICAGO -- The Rockies have had more plate appearances from the left side of the plate this season than any other team in the National League. Entering Tuesdays' game, 53 percent of Colorado's trips to the plate have gone to a lefty hitter. Yet, the Rockies are solidly in the middle of the pack when it comes to producing against opposing southpaws.
"We have hit lefties that hit [left-handed pitching]," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "The other thing, if they hit left-handed, we can't walk out here and ask them to hit right-handed.
"We've got very qualified bona fide left-handed hitters that, no matter which hand the pitcher wears his glove on, they can hit them."
Of the 13 position players currently on the Rockies' 25-man roster, six bat left-handed and outfielder Dexter Fowler is a switch-hitter. Four of the pure lefties -- Todd Helton and the entire starting outfield -- are part of the daily lineup. Tracy said that any concern over the team being too unbalanced is strictly a function of perception.
"There was a lot made of what we did last year against left-handed pitching, but if you go back and check, we were .500 or a little bit better against lefties," said Tracy. "We made quite a fuss about it, because when we faced a right-hander after we got it going a year ago, we overwhelmed most right-handed pitchers.
"That's because we've got so many good left-handed hitters in our lineup. [Our record] against right-handers is just so much better that you just think we've got a problem against lefties."
Short series don't bother Rockies
CHICAGO -- The Rockies arrived in Chicago on Sunday night, and will be flying out late Tuesday after their night game against the Cubs. They'll then be playing two games in Houston and flying out on Thursday night for this weekend's Interleague series in Kansas City.
Such is the downside of the Interleague Play, which is the primary reason for these two-game jaunts -- once unthinkable in a sport where four- and five-game series were once a norm. Even three games give a team a chance to relax, but the Rockies aren't complaining.
"Here's the way we look at that -- there is enough adversity over the course of a Major League season that these types of things here, we don't have any control over," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "We certainly aren't going to sit around and complain about it.
"Deal with it, figure it out and win some games."
For the second straight season, Colorado will play just two games at Wrigley Field. Meanwhile, the Rockies have three games at American League venues in Anaheim, Kansas City and Minnesota. Overall, Colorado has five two-game series on the docket this season.
Tracy updates injured Rockies players
CHICAGO -- The spate of injuries the Rockies have dealt with during the first six weeks of the season has left manager Jim Tracy with the near-daily task of reading off updates on his cast of walking wounded. From Tuesday's briefing:
Reliever Franklin Morales threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and will be headed to the Rockies' spring facility in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday as part of his recovery from shoulder inflammation.
Closer Huston Street played long toss up to 90 feet. He still complained of tightness in his groin, but the Rockies' staff still believes the condition isn't severe. Colorado is not attaching a timetable to Street's return from shoulder problems.
Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who has been out with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.
One-time top prospect Greg Reynolds was hit hard in a start for Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. Reynolds allowed 13 hits and nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Northwest Arkansas. Reynolds is trying to come back from longstanding shoulder problems. This was his first start of the season.
Eric Young Jr. is back in Denver, getting treatment from a bone stimulator for a stress fracture in his right tibia. Young was placed on the disabled list on Thursday.
After completing his reading of injury updates, Tracy declared, "Other than that, we're a picture of health."
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez entered Tuesday's game in Chicago with a career-best 11-game hitting streak. It's the longest by a Colorado player this season and the second-longest active streak in the National League. ... Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is the early-season leader in ESPN's Baseball Tonight's "Web Gem" scoreboard. ... After losing to the Cubs, 4-2, in extra innings on Monday, the Rockies have lost 10 of their past 11 games at Wrigley Field.
Bradford Doolittle is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.