Before off-day, Fowler, Helton get breather

Before off-day, Fowler, Helton get breather

Before off-day, Fowler, Helton get breather
MIAMI -- With a much-needed off-day looming Thursday, Rockies manager Jim Tracy made a couple lineup changes for the team's series finale on Wednesday at Marlins Park.

Eric Young Jr., who Tracy lauded Tuesday afternoon, got the start in center field in place of Dexter Fowler. Fowler slightly turned his ankle in the early innings Tuesday against Miami, but toughed it out until Jason Giambi pinch-hit for him in the eighth and Young replaced him in center field. Tracy said the extra day off should have Fowler hopefully "as good as new" on Friday in Cincinnati.

Fowler's day off gave Young his third start of the season in center field, and he batted leadoff for just the fourth time this year.

"When the opportunities present themselves to use him, it makes sense because of the energy he brings to the top of the lineup there," Tracy said.

Colorado's skipper added that Tyler Colvin would also see the field at some point in the series finale.

"They're all going to participate tonight," Tracy said. "Colvin's going to make his way, and moving the chess pieces around, it's a lot easier to do it from where we're at, as far as the way our lineup is structured right now. ... But you knew as you made the lineup up that they're all going to participate."

First baseman Todd Helton was also given the day off Wednesday, with Giambi making his fifth start of the season. Helton was struggled at the plate in May, hitting just .179 for the month, but went 2-for-5 with an RBI Tuesday to snap an 0-for-12 streak.