4/2/2014 8:56 P.M. ET
Adjusted as catcher, Pacheco seeks offense
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Rockies catcher Jordan Pacheco worked twice in Spring Training with righty Jordan Lyles, who was called up from the Minors when Tyler Chatwood sustained a left hamstring injury late in Spring Training. Pacheco and Lyles were together Wednesday night in the first 2014 start for both.
For Pacheco, 28, Wednesday night was the start of his chance to get regular playing time again.
Pacheco hit .309 as a rookie in 2012 while playing mostly first base and third base, although he played catcher throughout his Minor League career. Last year, the presence of Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner Nolan Arenado at third and retiring star Todd Helton at first left him with a limited role. The Rockies converted him back to catcher during the season, and his average dropped to .239.
But this spring, Pacheco went to camp as a catcher and showed defensive development. He also batted .310 with two home runs and five RBIs in 16 games. On Wednesday he singled in Troy Tulowitzki as part of a three-run Rockies first inning.
"I'm pretty comfortable back there," Pacheco said. "The main thing is having the pitchers be comfortable with me. Once they get that confidence in me and once I have that confidence in them, it's a whole different ballgame. When you have somebody on the mound who is semi-confident in what you're putting down and semi-confident in your ability, it doesn't work out too well. If we work well together, it's like a good dance. You're dancing nice together. It's good."
Pacheco believes he and Lyles found a rhythm. Lyles devoted those outings to working on pitches, so their true in-game strategy would be revealed Wednesday.
"Me and Lyles actually did get to dance a little bit; I caught him twice," Pacheco said. "We've got a good plan. We're out here to win. He's a competitive guy. I'm a competitive guy."
CarGo exits Rockies' first win with dizziness
MIAMI -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Marlins in the bottom of the sixth inning because of dizziness, which he believes was from dehydration.
But Gonzalez said he should be fine for Thursday afternoon's finale of the four-game, season-opening series.
"I ate something, drank a lot of water, and I feel great right now," Gonzalez said. "About 30 minutes after I came out of the game, that's when I started catching up."
Gonzalez was fine in the first inning during his RBI double -- his third extra-base hit in as many games. After walking in the third, he rounded second on Troy Tulowitzki's deep fly ball that was caught at the warning track, and he did not make it back to first on time to avoid being doubled.
At that point, he began to feel ill, and it lingered when he struck out in both the fourth and sixth innings.
"I thought it was one of those things that happens and just goes away," Gonzalez said. "After my third [plate] appearance, I was sweating and shaking. I didn't know what was happening. It never got better. I told the staff that I wasn't feeling very well. I came up to hit again and was feeling the same way, so they just took me out."
Offseason work shows in Tulo's big play
MIAMI -- Plays like the backhand and across-the-body throw by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that beat the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna to first base Tuesday night are both planned and spontaneous.
"It's reactions, it's instincts, but at the same time I practice stuff like that in the offseason," Tulowitzki said of a play that was quite popular on all matter of media. "I expect that out of myself. It's always nice to accomplish that in the game, though. You feel like you get some momentum on your side. The pitcher is pumped up. The team is pumped up. We came into the dugout with a little bit of a boost.
"It's satisfying for myself to know that all of the hard work that I put in pays dividends."
The first baseman at the other end of the play, Justin Morneau, said: "I'm not sure if I've ever been a part of one of those."
Tulowitzki credited Morneau for his footwork. He had to cross the bag into foul territory to make the catch.
"He definitely finished the play, did a great job of knowing where the bag was and what he needed to do to catch the ball," Tulowitzki said. "It was a pretty play by Morney."
Chatwood keeps arm fresh as leg recovers
MIAMI -- Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood, officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday (retroactive to March 29) with a left hamstring strain, threw 113 pitches on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
The goal is to keep Chatwood's arm in shape while his hamstring, which was not badly damaged, finishes healing. Forty of his pitches were warm-ups, with the rest taken with hitters standing in the box. Chatwood also did agility exercises on grass with no discomfort, and he will continue to work his way to running on dirt. Fear of his sustaining an injury fielding or running the bases, which is how the injury occurred in a Spring Training game, led the Rockies to place him on the DL and call up Jordan Lyles to pitch against the Marlins on Wednesday night.
Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Chatwood would have to go through a Minor League rehab assignment, which may be as little as one start. Dugger said the Rockies would find the place with the best weather.
"He's kept his arm going, so that's a plus," Dugger said.
Dugger also said that lefty Boone Logan, completing his return from left elbow cleanup surgery (bone chips and bone spur), was scheduled to throw rehab games for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday and Friday before joining the team at Coors Field. Dugger said Logan had no pain but needed work on consecutive days. The coaches would determine whether to activate him Saturday, which is when he is eligible to return.
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who sustained a right shoulder strain at the start of Spring Training, will throw a 25-pitch live batting practice Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dugger said Chacin was on pace to be able to pitch in the Majors as early as April 28 if necessary, but he was more likely to pitch in a rehab game that day and be a candidate to be activated for his next turn.