ARLINGTON -- The Rockies activated Jonathan Herrera from the disabled list, after he missed 26 games with right hamstring and right shoulder injuries, and started him at shortstop to offer veteran Marco Scutaro a mini-break.
Scutaro, 38, came into the season as the second baseman, but started 19 straight games at short because of Troy Tulowitzki's injury in his left groin area. Tulowitzki underwent surgery Thursday and is expected to miss another eight weeks. Having Herrera, considered to have the range to play short, helps ease the wear and tear on Scutaro. The Rockies plan to rest Scutaro on Saturday.
Herrera took the roster spot of DJ LeMahieu, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
During a rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa, Herrera had a hamstring setback, then experience soreness in his throwing shoulder before completing the rehab. Herrera went 3-for-17 in five games for Tulsa.
Before the injury, Herrera was batting .239 with two home runs, three doubles and four RBIs while playing all over the infield. His presence increases the team's defensive versatility. Friday's starting lineup is likely a preview of the players who will be on the field when the Rockies need defense. Chris Nelson moved from second base to third base and Jordan Pacheco rested; in close games, Nelson has been moving to third in late innings.
"I'm able to play second, short or third base," Herrera said. "I don't have any position that I'm not comfortable at. The last couple of days, I played short. I have to be able to play anywhere the team needs me."