Pacheco to get start at catcher vs. Padres

Pacheco to get start at catcher vs. Padres

DENVER -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Jordan Pacheco will likely catch Sunday at San Diego. After Thursday's off-day, Wilin Rosario would catch Friday and Saturday night and Pacheco could catch Sunday afternoon.

The Rockies play four games in San Francisco starting Monday, and with the Giants leading the National League West and playing games of consequence, Tracy doesn't want to start the inexperienced Pacheco in San Francisco.

Pacheco was drafted as a second baseman in 2007 and began the conversion to catcher in extended spring training in 2008. He caught exclusively until late August of last year at Triple-A Colorado Springs when he began playing third base in advance of being called up by the Rockies in September.

Last year, Pacheco started one game at catcher and played one inning in another. This season, he caught the entire game July 22 at San Diego. Pacheco has been playing third base (80 starts) and first base (22 starts) this season.

"I'm definitely excited to get back there again," Pacheco said of catching. "I missed it a little bit. Not too much but a little bit. I put a lot of time into it, blocked a lot of balls."

Pacheco said he will start catching bullpen sessions to help prepare for playing a game at that position.