DETROIT -- Eric Young Jr. received his sixth outfield start of the season on Sunday, when he was in the lineup in left field against the Tigers.
Young was originally in center for Dexter Fowler, but started in left because the Rockies scratched Carlos Gonzalez because of right hamstring soreness.
Young, who entered the day batting .246, singled to lead off the game and stole his seventh base in eight attempts.
The speedy outfielder has been a spark plug for the Rockies off the bench, but starting assignments have been limited because of a crowded outfield. Fowler is the regular center fielder, Gonzalez is a mainstay in left, and Tyler Colvin, who played first base on Sunday, has earned an increased number of starting opportunities in the outfield.
Young played second base throughout his Minor League time with the Rockies but began playing the outfield four seasons ago, and by last season he was primarily an outfielder. Manager Jim Tracy said Young has made progress in the outfield.
"What I've seen of him in center field, it's as good as I've seen of him in the outfield since we moved him from the infield," Tracy said. "What jumps out is the Sunday afternoon game that we lost, 7-5. I saw a couple of routes that he took that in the past would have been very difficult."
Tracy said he might revisit the idea of playing Young at second base as the season progresses.