LeMahieu making most of increased playing time

LeMahieu making most of increased playing time

DENVER -- If DJ LeMahieu is treating each of his stints with the Rockies as a tryout, Saturday's game against the Reds was good enough to warrant a curtain call.

LeMahieu notched a career-high three hits and a double to raise his batting average to .269. He started at second base -- again hitting from the No. 8 hole -- on Sunday.

"We need to see DJ on a consistent basis," manager Jim Tracy said.

LeMahieu was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 17 to replace Chris Nelson (irregular heartbeat) on the roster, his second stint with the club this year (May 23-June 22). The Rockies traded Marco Scutaro on Friday night, creating increased playing time for LeMahieu. With Nelson -- and infielder Jonathan Herrera -- eligible to be reinstated July 31, LeMahieu is trying to quickly prove he belongs.

"You want to do everything you can to stay up here," LeMahieu said. "I adjusted a few things [with my swing] in the Minors, but nothing major. I'm just playing within myself."

LeMahieu has six hits, including three doubles, in his last four starts.