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Thu May 31, 2012 1:01am|
By Nicholas Minnix
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On Wednesday night, Troy Tulowitzki sustained a strained left groin, but he hoped that he could avoid the disabled list. Rather than mess around with it, however, the Colorado Rockies decided on Thursday afternoon to place their shortstop on the DL and take no chances. Troy Renck covered the decision.
Tulo, 27, was dealing with a mild groin tweak that's in the same area as this strain, so it's mildly surprising that the club initially decided to hold off on his deactivation. If they're cognizant of the sensitivity of muscle strains and recall how quickly the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Matt Kemp for a second time this season, Colorado will err on the side of caution from here on out.
The Rockies activated Chris Nelson (inflammation in left wrist) from the DL in a corresponding move. Marco Scutaro moved from second base to shortstop to replace Tulowitzki in Wednesday's affair. DJ LeMahieu took Scutaro's spot. It's likely that the Rockies will continue to go with a similar arrangement. Scutaro (.253/.312/.328, five steals) is probably available in most shallow mixed leagues and has often been serviceable as a get-me-by replacement.
Jordan Pacheco (.287/.300/.425) has been hitting well lately and has been a popular pickup in deep leagues as a result. Jim Tracy is unlikely to move Pacheco off third base unless he cools quite a bit. The right-handed hitter has a solid BA foundation, but he doesn't have much power or speed.
LeMahieu, 23, has played sparingly in the bigs. His start on Thursday suggests that the club will test him in the immediate future. Although he doesn't walk frequently, have any power or boast much speed, the right-handed batter has consistently posted .300-plus batting averages in the minors. LeMahieu could prove to be as much of asset as Pacheco for a couple of weeks.
Nelson (.219/.313/.288) can play second as well as third and may pick up at-bats at the keystone initially. He has a little power and speed, but he's rarely put his skills to use at the major league level. He's not an exciting choice, either, especially if the Rockies mix and match while Tulo is out.
Colorado is no longer interested in Eric Young Jr.'s services in the infield because of his sub-par glove work, so don't expect him to benefit.