7/14/2013 4:57 P.M. ET
Weiss offers praise for Dodgers' Hanley
By William Boor / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- As fans entered Dodger Stadium and were presented giveaway Yasiel Puig T-shirts on Sunday, Rockies manager Walt Weiss' focus instead was on the Dodgers shortstop.
"Everyone talks about Puig, but [Hanley] Ramirez is as big as anybody on that club," Weiss said. "Him being out there every day is huge for them."
Since Ramirez was reinstated from the disabled List on June 4, the Dodgers are nine games over .500 entering Sunday and climbed to second place in the National League West.
In that timeframe, Ramirez is hitting .389 and has an on-base percentage of .444.
While the Dodgers recent resurgence has garnered a lot of attention and taken the baseball world by storm, Weiss said their presence in the NL West race is not unexpected.
"They're a talented club," Weiss said. "They dealt with some injury issues early, got off to a slow start. They struggled in the first month or so, but they got healthy. They added Puig and Ramirez is healthy now. He's the piece that I don't hear a whole lot about."
After De La Rosa, Rox' rotation unsettled
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa will start Friday's game against the Cubs to open the season's second half, but manager Walt Weiss is still unsure how the rest of the rotation will unfold following the All-Star break.
While it is possible the Rockies will keep their rotation in its current order, Weiss is also pondering a few tweaks.
"We may make a bit of an adjustment, just to split up our left handers," Weiss said. "It'll be De La Rosa to start, we'll stay in line that way, but we may change it up a little bit the rest of the rotation. Split up the lefties, split up the young guys, that type of thing."
Regardless of how it all shakes out, Weiss and the Rockies simply hope the rotation builds off the momentum it has generated recently.
Highlighted by Tyler Chatwood's eight-inning complete game on Saturday, the Rockies rotation has posted a 2.35 ERA in the past seven games before Sunday's first-half finale against the Dodgers.
In the last seven games, the Rockies rotation has thrown 38 1/3 innings while allowing 10 runs and holding opponents to a .204 batting average.
"I'm encouraged by the way we played and the way we competed and the way our pitchers -- our starters in particular -- have performed," Weiss said.
• The Rockies' workout on Thursday at Coors Field is open to the public. Season-ticket holders receive free admittance beginning at 3 p.m. MT, and the rest of the public is allowed to enter at 4 p.m. For non season-ticket holders, a $5 donation is required. All proceeds go to Rockies charities. Kids 12 and under get in free.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.