CHICAGO -- Right fielder Brad Hawpe insisted on Wednesday that he had regained the spring in his step, but that wasn't enough for the Rockies to start him against the Cubs at chilly and windy Wrigley Field.
Hawpe left the Rockies' 4-0 loss to the Cubs on Monday with tightness in a left hamstring that had given him trouble during Spring Training. Tight muscles happen in 36 degree gametime temperature, rain and 10 mph winds. There was talk of temps reaching the upper 50s by afternoon, but with Chicago's tricky weather, no one was hanging a batting helmet on that.
"I wanted to be in there," he said. "But then again, I don't make the decisions, and decisions I make like that aren't the right decisions anyway. When they make a decision and it's in the best interest of the team, you need to listen."
Hawpe was available for pinch-hit or double-switch duty. But if he doesn't play against the Cubs, it'll be three days off for Hawpe, since the Rockies didn't play Tuesday and won't play again until Friday against the Dodgers.
"It's a long season," Hawpe said. "Since November, I have missed two weeks with my finger [lacerated in Spring Training]... but other than that, I've been hitting."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.