08/06/12 10:08 PM ET
Injuries give Rox chance to assess young talent
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
Tracy believes it gives his staff an opportunity to see many of the organization's young, talented players.
"They just keep plowing away," Tracy said. "We are getting additional info about some young players that aren't just going to play baseball in September. You learn a lot about these players, in tight series, especially against a team like the Dodgers. You get a lot more telling info."
Some of those young players include: Jordan Pacheco, who started at third in Monday's game; Matt McBride, who was penciled in at first; and Chris Nelson, who got the start at second.
"I know well that this group of young players is going to play all 27 outs of the game," Tracy said. "I don't know how it is going to turn out, but when you have a group of players that leave it out there, whatever the outcome, it is important."
While Tracy wishes the circumstances were different, the Rockies manager said he is excited to come to the ballpark every day.
"It is what it is," Tracy said of his team's injuries. "These guys are busting their tails. No matter the score or if we get down early, they will still be playing in the ninth inning, which makes me want to come to work."
Rox explore 'different avenues' to replace Helton
LOS ANGELES -- With Todd Helton out for the rest of the season with a labrum tear in his right hip that will require surgery, Rockies manager Jim Tracy now has the task of figuring out who will play first base for the final two months.
"We have a lot of different avenues to go down with a lot of different names," Tracy said before Monday's game against the Dodgers.
For the remainder of the year, Tracy expects to mix and match Matt McBride, Tyler Colvin and Jordan Pacheco at first. He'll even sprinkle in Michael Cuddyer once he returns from the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
In Monday night's game, Tracy penciled in McBride at first.
Before the Rockies called up McBride on Saturday, he spent the entire season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .354 with 10 home runs and 77 RBIs, along with 36 doubles.
"We are going to find more time for McBride because of how he has performed so far this season with Triple-A and here at the Major League level," Tracy said.
The Rockies have scored 157 runs in the seventh inning or later in games this season, which is tied with the Reds for the most in the National League.
Carlos Gonzalez owns a .965 career OPS during the month of August, which is his highest OPS in any month.
With 19 doubles on the season, Jordan Pacheco is tied for third among NL rookies.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.