PHILADELPHIA -- After making his first career start at second base, which could be his future position, Rockies rookie Josh Rutledge was back at shortstop for Friday night's opener of a three-game set against the Phillies. DJ LeMahieu started at second.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy plans to have Rutledge play some second base to see how he meshes with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, once Tulowitzki completes a Minor League rehab assignment as he returns from left groin surgery. Tulowitzki is helping Double-A Tulsa in the Texas League playoffs.
But Tracy said he doesn't want to put Rutledge in a compromised position before Tulowitzki arrives.
"I want to see Josh at second, but I don't want to feel like I'm compromising two players defensively in putting DJ at short and having Josh at second," Tracy said. "You'd maybe unfairly run the risk of some type of bad feed or something like that, and getting somebody seriously hurt and jeopardize their 2013 season. I'd feel awfully bad.
"We're going to give Josh Rutledge work at second base, but we're going to do it in a scenario with Jonathan Herrera and/or Troy Tulowitzki."