Given that, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle determined that Saturday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field was a good time for Atkins to rest. Ian Stewart, who notched three hits on Friday and is 5-for-12 (.417) over his past three games, took Atkins' place, batting fifth in the order and playing third.
"I talked to [Atkins] before the game," Hurdle said. "We're going to give him a breath of fresh air. We tried to revisit some things, identify some things, back away from it a day and see if we can get it back going for him tomorrow."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.