DENVER -- With catcher Wilin Rosario leading National League rookies in home runs with five and slugging at .559, he has worked into a near-even split in playing time with veteran Ramon Hernandez.
But even if Rosario hadn't been alternating starts, he would have been in the lineup Friday night against the Mariners. That's because Hernandez's work during Thursday's walk-filled, four-hour, 9-7 loss to the D-backs bordered on abuse for a catcher who turns 36 on Sunday.
"The guy that caught yesterday caught 222 pitches and sat back there for four hours of not a 15-inning game but a nine-inning game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I'm not going to run him back out there again today. That's ludicrous.
"And some of the pitches he had to try to catch were a workout in themselves. You've got to be mindful about it. You're talking about a 13-year veteran."