DENVER -- Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge hit leadoff Monday night against the D-backs while center fielder Dexter Fowler nursed a sore left wrist.
But when the Rockies are whole and healthy, manager Jim Tracy sees Rutledge -- hitting .294 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 63 games since being called up from Double-A Tulsa -- as having a bright future in the No. 2 spot in the order.
"He's going to be a pretty good hitter wherever you put him in the lineup," Tracy said. "But hitting him second a lot was something that was done by design. Moving forward into the future, you get a [cleanup man] Troy Tulowitzki back and a [No. 3 hitter] Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup, and a lot of these situations that I've dealt with over the years with some of these better clubs. That two-hole hitter can certainly hit the fastball with runners on base. Are you going to walk him to get to Carlos Gonzalez? I think you'd try a little harder to get Josh Rutledge out. That's going to be much easier said than done."