Nelson rehabs as Pacheco rakes for Rox

Nelson rehabs as Pacheco rakes for Rox

Nelson rehabs as Pacheco rakes for Rox
MIAMI -- Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson made his first rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday night as he continues to work his way back from an injured left wrist.

Nelson went 0-for-3 for the Sky Sox against the Oklahoma City RedHawks in his first rehab outing since hitting the 15-day disabled list on May 16 with inflammation in his left wrist -- that stemmed from an injury sustained on April 25 while making a diving play against the Pirates.

"I did hear he put two balls in play," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He had two really good swings and put two balls in play very hard. Didn't necessarily get any results from it, but did OK from what I understand for the first day back."

Nelson was in the lineup at third base and batted third for the Sky Sox again Tuesday night against the RedHawks. Nelson is eligible to be reinstated from the DL on May 31.

While Nelson has been sidelined, the Rockies have been playing Jordan Pacheco -- who was recalled from Colorado Springs on May 5 -- at the hot corner, and he has responded big time. Tuesday against the Marlins marked the eighth straight start at third for Pacheco, who extended his hit streak to eight straight with a first-inning single.

Prior to Tuesday, Pacheco was hitting .333 (9-for-27) with a double, a homer, five RBIs and five runs scored. He was the only Rockies hitter to record multiple hits in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Marlins, as he finished 2-for-4 at the plate. But it's not just Pacheco's offense lately that has impressed Tracy.

"He's doing a nice job right now; he's doing a very adequate job, both offensively and defensively," Tracy said. "The biggest thing that jumps out at me defensively is that when he fields a ball, he's recognizing much better off the bat exactly what he has to do with it when the ball gets hit, not as it's getting closer to him.

"He's much more sure of himself. He's getting back to becoming an infielder, and you can see it."