Blackmon sharp in return from knee infection

Blackmon sharp in return from knee infection

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon celebrated his first game since March 1 -- he was out with an infection in his right knee -- with two hard-hit doubles off Mariners' pitcher Erasmo Ramirez in the Rockies' 5-2 loss Saturday afternoon.

"I was blessed to be back out there, get over the infection, come out and pick up where I left off," said Blackmon, who had six at-bats in a Minor League game on Thursday but didn't play defense. "I got tired a little quicker than normal, but as far as the health of my body and everything, I'm ready to go."

Blackmon is trying to forge a spot on the roster, even though the outfield looks crowded; Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer are regulars, Eric Young Jr. is earning his way to increased duty and Tyler Colvin is coming off a strong year. Blackmon has Minor League options, meaning he can be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs without being exposed to waivers. But with two weeks left in camp, anything can happen.

"I'm trying to make the game as simple as I can make it -- see ball, hit ball -- and not get caught up in all the tiny details," Blackmon said.

Manager Walt Weiss said Blackmon has "some interesting life in the bat."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.