• One of the reasons the Rockies had DJ LeMahieu start the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs was to give him regular time at shortstop, in case star Troy Tulowitzki was injured.
Not only has LeMahieu, who played mostly second base last season, been solid offensively -- .360 with eight doubles, five triples and a home run - he is playing shortstop to the Rockies' satisfaction.
"He's a big league player," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's handled it well, it sounds like. He's showing that he can play there, too."
• When the Rockies called up outfielder Charlie Blackmon on Sunday, they considered Tyler Colvin, who hit .290 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs in 136 Major League games last year. However, Blackmon, at .336 with 10 doubles, two triples and three home runs for Colorado Springs, earned the nod over Colvin, who is currently at .278 with four home runs, four double and two triples.
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