What happens if Stewart starts season on DL?
As MLB.com’s Thomas Harding notes, the chances that opens the season on the disabled list are increasing as spring training wears on with him out of the Colorado Rockies lineup. So how does that affect the Rockies’ plans for Opening Day?
First,becomes the obvious replacement at third base. He’s having a solid spring, hitting .286 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI. and could see time at third, too, to allow Wigginton to continue spelling Helton at first base.
Second, it opens a spot on the bench.and have two bench spots locked up. Another spot will go to middle infielder who doesn’t win the second base job, likely either Herrera or Lopez. Herrera is a lock to win one of the jobs and Lopez is still a safe bet, but he hasn’t had a very good spring and that could change. If Lopez doesn’t make the cut, that spot probably goes to ., , or possibly . A fourth spot will go to a backup catcher. The final spot is Wigginton’s, unless he’s in the starting lineup to start the season.
The extra bench spot opens the door for a number of players:
: He’s a candidate to be the backup catcher but is far more likely to make the team if he can play multiple positions and get regular at-bats. With Wigginton playing third base, Pacheco could see some time at first base a couple times a week.
: With Wigginton playing everyday, the Rockies don’t have a fifth outfielder or an extra right-handed bat off the bench, two roles that Garner, who’s hitting .409 this spring, could fill.
: The only prospect having a better spring is Pacheco and not by much. Like Garner, he would give the Rockies an extra outfielder.
Nelson: He hasn’t played as much as expected this spring, but that could change if Stewart stays out of the lineup much longer.
Young: Somewhat forgotten this spring as he recovers from tibia stress fracture that kept him out much of last season, he’s likely to see game time in the next few days which puts him a similar situation as Stewart. But his speed could still be valuable in limited duty even if he’s 100 percent ready in other areas of his game.
Iribarren: The Rockies are obviously intrigued by Iribarren, who leads the Rockies in at-bats and games this spring. He can play second, third, short and all three outfield positions and would give managerspeed off the bench.