The challenge for Tracy, however, will be to juggle five outfielders.
The Rockies went into this year ready to give Ryan Spilborghs a shot at everyday duty in center field. Spilborghs has generally performed well, with occasional power. But Fowler's emergence in center and as a leadoff man early this season forced him to left field, where he has shared time with Seth Smith. Now Gonzalez is here and will receive regular turns in left.
"I do have the capability to move players around to different places that really make sense for their abilities," Tracy said. "Maybe we've put Ryan Spilborghs in a really, really good place. The abilities we'd like to see from day-to-day, maybe we've had him in a place where his abilities don't have a chance to come out the way they're capable of. But we'll see."
Tracy noted that Gonzalez's ability to play center gives Tracy an opportunity to rest Fowler and use Spilborghs or Smith in a corner.
COL: RHP Aaron Cook (3-3, 4.94 ERA)
In a 4-1 loss at Houston in his last start, Cook kept the Rockies close until the sixth inning, when Carlos Lee lined a sinker over the left-field wall for a big two-run homer. Cook's best inning may have been the fourth, when he gave up just one run with runners on first and third and no outs. All but one of the outs in play and many of the nine hits were on the ground.
STL: RHP Todd Wellemeyer (5-5, 5.05 ERA)
Monday brought another frustrating start for Wellemeyer, who just can't seem to build any momentum. He has yet to string together three consecutive good starts, and that's discouraging not only to him but to a team that was hoping he'd build on an excellent 2008 season. He does seem to have conquered the early-innings problem he had in April and part of May. Now, he just needs to do a better job of keeping it together when things start to turn against him.
The Rockies' nine-run seventh inning on Friday eclipsed by one run the previous club record for a road game -- set twice, April 8, 2005, in the seventh inning of a 10-8 loss to the Giants, and Oct. 7, 2001, in the fourth inning of a 14-5 victory over the Padres. It was the most they've scored in an inning of any game since scoring nine in the fifth inning of a 9-2 victory over the Phillies at Coors Field on July 31, 2005. ... Center fielder Fowler fouled a pitch off his right calf and first baseman Todd Helton fouled a pitch off his shin on Friday, but neither was hurt enough to affect participation in Saturday's game. ... Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hasn't played since suffering a left wrist contusion Wednesday, went through batting practice Friday. Tracy said Tulowitzki is fine.
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Sunday: Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 3-6, 4.11) at Cardinals (Joel Pineiro, 5-5, 3.86), 12:15 p.m. MT
Monday: Rockies (Jason Marquis, 7-4, 4.10) at Cardinals (Brad Thompson, 0-1, 4.12), 12:15 p.m. MT
Tuesday: Rockies (Jason Hammel, 2-3, 4.50) at Brewers (Braden Looper, 5-3, 4.65), 6:05 p.m. MT