Pacheco returns from beaning; Van Kooten released

May 14, 2011 | 2:21 am | 1  

Catcher Jordan Pacheco returned to the Triple-A Colorado Springs lineup after missing eight games after getting hit in the head with a pitch. Pacheco, who was hit May 5, went 1-for-5 with a double as the Sky Sox walloped the visiting Iowa Cubs 19-9. Pacheco caught the entire game, which lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes.

This site erroneously said Pacheco suffered a concussion. He was not officially diagnosed with a concussion, although he was treated as if one had occurred.

In other minor league news, the Rockies released Jason Van Kooten out of extended spring training. Van Kooten, 26, a Denver native who went to Regis Jesuit High School, was being converted from second base, where his throwing was inconsistent, to the outfield in the extended spring program.

Van Kooten hit .271/.339/.497 last year in 112 games at Double-A Tulsa and reached career-highs in homers (17) and RBI (58). However, there was no room for Van Kooten in the outfield at Tulsa.

At Tulsa, prospect Tim Wheeler, resurgent Scott Beerer — he hit two homers Friday while extending his hitting streak to 14 games — and veteran Bronson Sardinha are playing the outfield along with Michael Mitchell, who played his second game Friday after beginning the season in extended spring training. Mitchell, considered the best defensive center fielder in the Rockies farm system, reported to spring training with a torn right meniscus and underwent surgery.

The arrival of Mitchell at Tulsa necessitated the release of Mike Daniel, 26, who joined the organization as a minor league free agent in November and in 26 games for the Drillers hit .258/.370/.387 with one homer and eight RBI.

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  • Anonymous | May 14, 2011 | 7:12 am

    I wonder how the Rockies are thinking about their catchers overall. Ianetta has played well enough overall this year to be a major league starter. And then you have both Rosario and Pacheco. With the debacle at third base, is there any thought at turning Pacheco, who started as a second baseman, into a third baseman? I know that he doesn’t hit with the power that you ideally would want from a third baseman, but he nevertheless should be able to hit at a major league level. How has Pacheco been doing defensively as a catcher? How has Rosario been doing defensively as a catcher?