09/24/12 9:19 PM ET
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By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Fowler given day off to rest achy wrist
DENVER -- The Rockies did not start center fielder Dexter Fowler on Monday because of a sore left wrist -- an issue he has been playing through recently, and one he aggravated while diving for a ball during Sunday's 10-7 loss to the D-backs at Coors Field."The dive had a little something to do with it, but we were dealing with the situation a few days prior too," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It affects him more [hitting] left-handed than it does right-handed as far as swinging.
"With Trevor Cahill pitching today, to ask him to go up there and take four or five at-bats, or at least three in the early part of the game from the left side of the plate, you're compromising the guy."
Tracy likes Rutledge at No. 2 in Rockies lineup
DENVER -- Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge hit leadoff Monday night against the D-backs while center fielder Dexter Fowler nursed a sore left wrist.But when the Rockies are whole and healthy, manager Jim Tracy sees Rutledge -- hitting .294 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 63 games since being called up from Double-A Tulsa -- as having a bright future in the No. 2 spot in the order. "He's going to be a pretty good hitter wherever you put him in the lineup," Tracy said. "But hitting him second a lot was something that was done by design. Moving forward into the future, you get a [cleanup man] Troy Tulowitzki back and a [No. 3 hitter] Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup, and a lot of these situations that I've dealt with over the years with some of these better clubs. That two-hole hitter can certainly hit the fastball with runners on base. Are you going to walk him to get to Carlos Gonzalez? I think you'd try a little harder to get Josh Rutledge out. That's going to be much easier said than done."
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.