SAN DIEGO -- Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. is expected to miss the maximum seven games while on the MLB bereavement list, manager Jim Tracy said on Monday.
Tracy said the club has been in close communication with Young, whose grandfather suffered a stroke and is on a ventilator.
Third baseman Jordan Pacheco, who took Young's roster spot, was in the lineup against the Padres on Monday night. Pacheco hit .200 with the team at the beginning of the year before being sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs for regular playing time and experience at third base. While at Colorado Springs, he hit .433 (29-for-67) with three home runs, four doubles, three triple and 10 RBIs in 17 games.
Pacheco's presence, and that of utility man Jonathan Herrera, means the Rockies can allow regular third baseman Chris Nelson to rest his ailing left wrist. Nelson, hitting .230 in 20 games, sustained the injury while diving for a ball against the Pirates on April 25.