Rutledge debuts at second base in finale

Rutledge debuts at second base in finale

Rutledge debuts at second base in finale
ATLANTA -- Josh Rutledge made his first career start at second base Thursday for the Rockies. Rutledge has played 46 games at shortstop since Troy Tulowitzki was hurt at the end of May, but the Rockies plan to make him the everyday second baseman when Tulowitzki returns.

Rutledge has been a shortstop throughout his college and professional career, but he played 28 games at second base with Double-A Tulsa this year. Lately, he has been working with third-base coach Rich Dauer to get more comfortable at second.

"I'd like to play him at second base and see what this looks like and where it has the potential of going," manager Jim Tracy said.

Tracy said he's not sure if Rutledge will become the club's regular second baseman or if he will continue to play some shortstop until Tulowitzki returns. But he wants to start seeing Rutledge play second base so the Rockies have a point of reference to begin to evaluate where he can play going forward.

Rutledge is hitting .329 with seven home runs in 46 games since being called up from Tulsa on July 13. He has made 10 errors, including a costly throwing error that allowed the Braves to score their only run in Wednesday night's 1-0 victory.

As Rutledge gets more playing time at second base, Tracy said D.J. LeMahieu, who has been the Rockies' second baseman, will get more work at shortstop and third base.

"I want to know how versatile is this player," Tracy said. "That's what I want to know about LeMahieu."