07/29/12 3:00 PM ET
Friedrich working to avoid fatigue in rookie season
By Trey Scott / MLB.com
LeMahieu making most of increased playing time
DENVER -- If DJ LeMahieu is treating each of his stints with the Rockies as a tryout, Saturday's game against the Reds was good enough to warrant a curtain call.LeMahieu notched a career-high three hits and a double to raise his batting average to .269. He started at second base -- again hitting from the No. 8 hole -- on Sunday. "We need to see DJ on a consistent basis," manager Jim Tracy said. LeMahieu was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 17 to replace Chris Nelson (irregular heartbeat) on the roster, his second stint with the club this year (May 23-June 22). The Rockies traded Marco Scutaro on Friday night, creating increased playing time for LeMahieu. With Nelson -- and infielder Jonathan Herrera -- eligible to be reinstated July 31, LeMahieu is trying to quickly prove he belongs. "You want to do everything you can to stay up here," LeMahieu said. "I adjusted a few things [with my swing] in the Minors, but nothing major. I'm just playing within myself." LeMahieu has six hits, including three doubles, in his last four starts.
For the second straight game, Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 Saturday night, his 37th multi-hit game of 2012. Gonzalez is tied for third in the National league with 70 RBIs. Josh Rutledge leads all National League rookies in total bases (31) and hits (20) since his MLB debut July 13. Right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin will make his first rehab start for Class A Modesto on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. MT vs. San Jose. Chacin, on the disabled list since May 2 with right shoulder inflammation, hasn't pitched since May 1.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.