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06/27/10 5:42 PM ET

Hawpe out again, but DL seems unlikely

Tracy thinks outfielder should return soon from bruised ribs

ANAHEIM -- Right fielder Brad Hawpe was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day on Sunday with bruised ribs he suffered on Friday when he ran into the wall in foul ground attempting to catch a pop fly.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Hawpe was potentially available as a pinch-hitter for Sunday's game, but it depended on how he felt after doing his early workouts with trainer Keith Duggar.

"Brad Hawpe is going to do some exercises and see how far we get from the standpoint of swing capability, so I don't have the definitive answer as to whether he can take an at-bat today or not," Tracy said.

Tracy, though, said a trip to the disabled list for Hawpe is unlikely unless things change when he starts swinging.

"We don't really want to go too long at all," Tracy said. "If this is something that's going to linger, which I don't think it is, I just think he needs another day or so, because he felt much better when he came in yesterday."

De La Rosa close to returning to rotation

ANAHEIM -- Injured left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made his second rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, and he will need just one more rehab start before rejoining the Rockies' rotation, according to manager Jim Tracy.

De La Rosa allowed just one run on three hits over six innings while making 83 pitches against Triple-A Portland. It came after he gave up one run in four innings in his first rehab start on Wednesday.

Tracy is certainly excited about De La Rosa rejoining the rotation, considering the left-hander won 16 games with a 4.38 ERA last season, but the manager also said he'll have a difficult decision on who De La Rosa will replace in the rotation.

"It gets very interesting," Tracy said. "It really does. But as far as I'm concerned, it's one of those tough decisions, because you might ruffle some feathers, but it's a good thing, because it means your club is pretty good if you're having discussions like that."

Iannetta rewarded with another start

ANAHEIM -- Catcher Chris Iannetta was in the lineup for the second time in three days over Miguel Olivo, because Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants to see if Iannetta can build on his performance on Friday when he doubled and homered in a win over the Angels.

"Obviously we have a day game after a night game, but I also wanted to send a message out to Chris Iannetta that there's a competitive balance with him and Miggy," Tracy said. "Chris has done a lot of hard work in going back to the Minor Leagues and took some very good at-bats Friday night. You want that player to realize that we see what he's doing."

Iannetta, who is batting .188 with three homers and seven RBIs in 20 games this season, was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 27, but since being recalled on May 25, he's fared better with a .235 batting average and .381 on-base percentage.

He hasn't matched Olivo's production at the plate, with Olivo batting .295 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs, but he has worked hard behind the plate to become much better defensively, according to Tracy.

"I can't talk enough about how pleased I am, because we put a big priority on what goes on back there, and this guy has stepped up big time," Tracy said.

Iannetta said his confidence remains high despite his limited playing time, and that he's focusing on defense first when he gets a start.

"I know I can play, and it's just a matter of getting opportunities," Iannetta said. "I understand the situation and Miggy is playing great. I obviously know my role right now, so I'm trying to make the best of it. Defense is the most important thing for me to help keep the opposing team's runs down, so whatever I do with the bat is going to a bonus."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.