Center fielder Tyler Colvin's fielding error on a bouncing ball during Tuesday night's game was the eighth outfield error for the Rockies this season. The number is unusually high, but manager Jim Tracy doesn't see it as the sign of a major problem. Tracy said there have been a number of plays when the outfielder lost the ball in the lights or the sun.
"Those are not mistakes anybody is trying to make," Tracy said. "As a matter of fact, they're trying to make an effort to make plays and batting some things. If it's blatant inability to be involved in the position it would be one thing, but we're talking about bona-fide, big-time outfield guys with strong capabilities. I'm not really concerned about that. There are other thing that are more important to get squared away."
Tracy said the bigger issue has been defensive inconsistency, which tends to affect defensive concentration.
Right-hander Adam Ottavino made two appearances and stayed in the strike zone throughout, yet the Rockies sent him down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for left-hander Christian Friedrich, who made his Major League debut Wednesday.
"It was an extremely difficult decision, I'll leave it at that," Tracy said of Ottavino. "This kid has shown himself very well -- beyond well."
The Rockies kept right-hander Carlos Torres, who also has pitched well since being called up from Colorado Springs (two perfect innings). Torres was insurance in case Friedrich struggled in his debut, or veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer struggles Friday night against the Dodgers.