Pacheco to fill in while Young is away

Pacheco to fill in while Young is away

DENVER -- Eric Young Jr. left the Rockies on Saturday to go to Mississippi to visit with his grandfather, who suffered a "bad stroke," according to manager Jim Tracy. Young is on the bereavement list, which dictates missing a minimum of three games and no more than seven. He is expected to return to the Rockies on Tuesday in San Diego.

The Rockies recalled Jordan Pacheco from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill Young's spot on the roster. Pacheco made the Rockies' Opening Day roster as an infielder and third catcher, after competing for the backup catching job in Spring Training and impressing the club with his bat.

Though he hit only .200 in 10 at bats with irregular playing time with the Rockies, he hit .433 (29-for-67) with four doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBIs in 17 games for the Sky Sox. Pacheco was sent to the Sky Sox on April 15 to give him regular playing time at third base and improve his instinctive reactions to batted balls.

"I'm not expecting him to be some type of miracle man," Tracy said of Pacheco. "He was in Triple-A to do some work and get some reps at third base. I'm sure it's very safe to say that there's probably still time necessary with regard to that. And if Eric Young Jr. hadn't had to go and do something that is definitely something that he has to do, Jordan wouldn't be here with us today. Jordan Pacheco is a piece that can make a contribution over the next few days in some capacity to help us win baseball games. That's why he's here."

Though Tracy clearly made it sound like a short-term callup for Pacheco, the infielder had not been given a clear indication of how long he was expected to remain with the club and was determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"Baseball's a game of repetition, and the more reps you get, the better off you're going to be," Pacheco said. "I got a few reps down [in the Minors], and we'll see what happens. Obviously, when you're playing a new position, you take things step by step. I'm glad I got to go down there and play every day and do what I needed to do."