Nix in Rockies lineup at second base

Nix in Rockies lineup at second

SAN DIEGO -- For the second straight game, the biggest Rockies lineup news involved the infielder who was not in it.

On Sunday, the Rockies sat the slumping Troy Tulowitzki for Clint Barmes, who hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs in a 13-5 victory over the Diamondbacks. For Tuesday's opener of a three-game set with the Padres, Tulowitzki, with a .159 average and no RBIs, was in the lineup.

But Barmes wasn't. Manager Clint Hurdle said he gave thought to starting Barmes at second base for rookie Jayson Nix. But Hurdle said Nix, who has a .179 batting average, is showing a calm, controlled approach that indicates he's not overwhelmed, and deserves a continue chance to find his rhythm.

"I think about a lot of things, and there's consideration for most of the bench guys to get a game [in the starting lineup]," Hurdle said. "But I finally settled down, and this is the way I decided to go.

"That's the most important part of it for me, to give [Nix] a run, a rhythm, give him every opportunity to get things going."

Against the Diamondbacks, Nix had a double and went 1-for-3. He also was hit in the helmet by Diamondbacks starter Edgar Gonzalez.

"He's doing all the things he can do right now," Hurdle said. "He's taking some good swings. He's not getting the results he would like right now, but I've got to give him every opportunity to find that freedom, that comfort zone others [in the Rockies' Minor League system] have seen him at, see if he can re-establish that at this level."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.