SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Eric Young is eager to get back in the mix and compete for the second base job he once thought was his. The Rockies have held him back from game competition, as he builds strength from his recurring tibia stress fracture. But if all goes well, he'll see his first Cactus League action in a split-squad doubleheader this Saturday at Salt River Fields.
"I pretty much do everything now," Young said after being cleared to run the bases on Sunday. "It's just a matter of getting in the game, which should be some time this week. I'm feeling good. I'm just ready to get out there."
Young is confident his late start will still give him plenty of time to earn a spot on the Rockies' roster -- despite having to play catch-up, as Jose Lopez and Jonathan Herrera have made big strides toward winning Opening Day jobs.
"It puts me around 15 games going into Opening Day," Young said. "Spring Training is already long, so 15 games is more than enough."
With the Rockies chasing a playoff berth last August, they recalled Young from Triple-A Colorado Springs for the second time during the season, and gave him the lion's share of playing time at second base. He started 35 of the Rockies' final 47 games, hitting primarily out of the leadoff spot.
He finished the season hitting .244 with 17 steals. It was a good showing, but not enough to win the job outright. Young knows he needs to "be more consistent" at the plate to break from the pack at second this spring.