Colvin gets start as Fowler given more rest

Colvin gets start as Fowler given more rest

Colvin gets start as Fowler given more rest
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Colorado cleanup spot was once again occupied by Troy Tulowitzki on Monday, a day after he was dropped down to the No. 5 hole in the order. Manager Jim Tracy also kept Tyler Colvin's hot bat in the lineup as the starting center fielder, electing to keep Dexter Fowler on the bench as he recovers from a head injury he suffered after being hit by a throw Sunday.

"[Fowler] was examined by the doctor last night and I was told that he was showing no signs whatsoever of any concussion-type symptoms," Tracy said. "I still want to err on the side of caution with that and give him another day."

That's not to say the center-field position will be Fowler's by default once he returns. Tracy had glowing words for Colvin, the 26-year-old who was acquired via trade from the Cubs this offseason, before Monday's game.

"With the contribution that this young man is making offensively right now, there's any number of days where you're going to have to find a place for this guy to play right now," Tracy said. "That's the long and the short of it."

Colvin has started each of the past three games and four of the past six. Entering play Monday, Colvin was batting .467 (6-for-13) in his previous five games. Fowler, meanwhile, is batting .221 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 31 games this season.

But Tracy said Colvin's value goes beyond his numbers, as he has the ability to play all three outfield positions and first base. Tracy has also been impressed with Colvin's ability to hit lefties and hinted that he will likely start at first base in place of Todd Helton on Wednesday in Arizona.

"He's made some wonderful strides since we acquired him, there's no question about that," Tracy said of Colvin.