08/29/12 1:56 AM ET
Weary CarGo welcomes much-needed day off
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
LeMahieu ties single-game assists mark at second
DENVER -- DJ LeMahieu was busy throughout the Rockies' 8-4 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night, but it struck him that all the chances were "routine."Turns out a lot of run-of-the-mill chances led to a special night. LeMahieu's 12 assists tied a Major League record for second basemen in a nine-inning game, the Rockies announced. The feat has been accomplished several times, most recently by current MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, for the Mariners on Aug. 27, 1986, against the Orioles. "It's pretty cool to think about all the games that have ever been played," LeMahieu said. "It's awesome. I'm still trying to think about it." It wasn't until after the game that he learned his night went down in history. "I had no idea -- I had a lot of action, but I didn't know I had that much," LeMahieu said. "Really, I didn't make any really tough plays. Most of them were pretty routine. The pitchers made it easy." Manager Jim Tracy has all along been impressed with the defensive work of LeMahieu, who is on his second callup from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has stuck this time because of his bat -- a .293 batting average -- but his glove has not been a problem. "He's one of those defenders that has a real nose for the ball," Tracy said. "He recognizes swings. He adjusts to swings. He adjusts to situations."
Tulowitzki uncertain if he'll be ready by Saturday
DENVER -- Still tentative on the bases, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is not sure he'll be able to return to the lineup when Major League rosters expand to 40 on Saturday.Tulowitzki, who hasn't played since the end of May because of a left groin injury that required surgery to remove scar tissue, is 3-for-10 with a home run and a double in three injury rehab games at Double-A Tulsa. Tulowitzki and veteran first baseman Jason Giambi, who is recovering from viral syndrome and also has played three games at Tulsa, will join Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday to continue their rehab assignments. "[Saturday] was the goal from a long time ago, but after playing in these games I'm just not sure what the exact timetable is," Tulowitzki said. "These next three days, if I make a lot of progress, that could become a possibility. Each day I get a little bit more confident. "For those people that weren't there to watch me play [in Tulsa], it's definitely station-to-station for right now. You don't want to do that at the big league level. If the ball is hit to right field, you want to be able to go first to third out of respect for the game and respect for your teammates who are trying to win a game. Station-to-station is not who I am as a player." Tulowitzki attempted a comeback in June but was injured his first time on the bases at Colorado Springs. The injury led to further examination, which led to surgery. Now he is understandably wary. "I'm just timid," Tulowitzki said. "Last time when I went out I got hurt again, so it's definitely on my mind. Each game I've made improvements." Defensively, Tulowitzki has handled just two ground balls in this two games in the field.
De La Rosa pushing to return before end of season
DENVER -- Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is moving closer to returning to the mound for the first time since last May, when he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.De La Rosa will throw a 45-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and could throw a batting-practice session Saturday. He should have faced hitters by now, but last week he had to be away to tend to a personal matter. Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said De La Rosa has not had a recurrence of the forearm tightness and elbow swelling that scuttled an earlier comeback attempt this season. It all points to De La Rosa pushing for a return before this season ends so he'll have game action. Then De La Rosa will be expected to be a veteran leader of the rotation next season. The Rockies haven't announced a date for De La Rosa's return to the Majors. After years of bouncing to various organizations, De La Rosa, 31, found a home with the Rockies and is 39-26 with a 4.38 ERA from 2008-11.
Shortstop Josh Rutledge, limited to reserve duty recently because of sore left quadriceps, returned to the starting lineup Tuesday night.
Rockies outfielder Andrew Brown was named to the Triple-A All-Pacific Coast League Team, as was teammate Matt McBride, a first baseman and outfielder who had a brief stint with the Rockies. Outfielder David Dahl, the Rockies' first-round pick in this summer's First-Year Player Draft, was chosen as Player of the Year in the rookie-level Pioneer League. Teammate Eddie Butler, a right-hander who was a supplemental first-round pick, and fellow right-hander Scott Oberg were named to the All-Pioneer League Team. The trio played at Grand Junction. Dahl, a high-school star from Birmingham, Ala., led the league in batting with a .373 average and slugging with a .606 percentage and was fourth in RBIs with 52.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.