Atkins was named the National League Player of the Week after posting a league-leading 20 bases in six games. He had just one homer, but six extra-base hits.
"Usually, when I see guys win NL Player of the Week, they're hitting .500 with, like, five home runs," said Atkins, who batted .462, drove in seven runs and had a .769 slugging percentage. "I just hit one home run. I guess I had a lot of doubles, but I was surprised anyway."
Piedra moving forward: Outfielder Jorge Piedra rejoined the team to continue his comeback from a bone spur in his left heel. Piedra said he has been sprinting and taking fly balls at the club's training facility in Tucson, Ariz., for several days. He'll be with the club while it is in Arizona, then return to Tucson to play in extended Spring Training games before joining Triple-A Colorado Springs for his injury rehab assignment.The injury is a recurring condition that worsened during Spring Training. "Stay on top of it, obviously ... and that is to make sure I stay on the same treatments, even if it's not hurting me," said Piedra, who led all Major League pinch-hitters in batting average (.455) last season. "I wear a night sling that keeps my foot in position, and other things that I've been staying on top of. I'm still going to feel it, but I'm going to be able to tolerate it. "It feels better than it did before I got hurt. Before, it was just this lingering pain, then it kind of snapped, and I got a little tear in there." On the farm: Right-hander Jose Acevedo is on the Triple-A Colorado Springs disabled list with an abdominal strain. Acevedo suffered the injury during his first start, when he gave up three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-2 loss at Tacoma on Friday night. "Those type of injuries always seem to last longer than you would think," assistant general manager Bill Geivett said. "We're just proceeding very cautiously right now." Colorado also signed a pair of infielders who are former high draft picks -- Derek Wathan (Florida, second round, 1998) and Tommy Whiteman (Houston, sixth round, 2000). Wathan is son of former Major Leaguer and current Kansas City Royals roving instructor John Wathan. Whiteman, an Edmond, Okla., native, is the first pro athlete from the Native American Crow Nation. Up next: Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis, the only Rockies starter not to post a quality start (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs) the first time through the rotation, will meet Arizona right-hander Miguel Batista on Wednesday night at 7:40 p.m. MT.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.