DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy doesn't want to add any pressure to Josh Rutledge, but the 2010 third-round pick was due for a promotion. Rutledge, hitting .347 with six RBIs in the two weeks since he was called up, opened Saturday's game against the Reds hitting in the No. 2 hole. Rutledge has hit eighth in 10 games and seventh in three. "It's important to be mindful that we're in the very early stages [of Rutledge's career], but I am very intrigued to see how he pans out at that spot in the lineup," Tracy said. "It could potentially make a whole lot of sense."
Rutledge's 29 total bases since July 13 lead all National League rookies, and he became the second Rockies player to go at least 2-for-2 with two RBIs in his Major League debut (Derrick Gibson). "He's a good bat handler," Tracy said.