Injuries give Rox chance to assess young talent

Injuries give Rox chance to assess young talent

Injuries give Rox chance to assess young talent
LOS ANGELES -- Even with injuries continuing to pile up for the Rockies -- the latest being Todd Helton's torn hip labrum on Monday -- manager Jim Tracy is doing his best to look at the glass half-full.

Tracy believes it gives his staff an opportunity to see many of the organization's young, talented players.

"They just keep plowing away," Tracy said. "We are getting additional info about some young players that aren't just going to play baseball in September. You learn a lot about these players, in tight series, especially against a team like the Dodgers. You get a lot more telling info."

Some of those young players include: Jordan Pacheco, who started at third in Monday's game; Matt McBride, who was penciled in at first; and Chris Nelson, who got the start at second.

"I know well that this group of young players is going to play all 27 outs of the game," Tracy said. "I don't know how it is going to turn out, but when you have a group of players that leave it out there, whatever the outcome, it is important."

While Tracy wishes the circumstances were different, the Rockies manager said he is excited to come to the ballpark every day.

"It is what it is," Tracy said of his team's injuries. "These guys are busting their tails. No matter the score or if we get down early, they will still be playing in the ninth inning, which makes me want to come to work."