Rockies recall Nelson, designate Amezaga for assignment
The Colorado Rockies have recalled infielderfrom Triple-A Colorado springs and designated utility man for assignment. Nelson is will be available for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nelson was in the lineup for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Saturday. The former first-round pick by the Rockies made his major league debut last season and played 17 games during three stints with the team. Nelson, 25, has played primarily shortstop — 40 games at short, eight at second base and four at third — in the Sky Sox’s crowded infield this season and is hitting .315 with five home runs and 40 RBI.
Amezaga joined the Rockies on April 29. He hit .242 with two RBI in 38 at-bats while playing second base, third, shortstop and right field for the Rockies.
Managersaid if Amezega is not claimed by another club he has agreed to return to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Amezega underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee during the 2009 and missed virtually all the 2010 season. Scouts at Coors Field this weekend said Amezega isn’t running as well as he once did, something Tracy mentioned Sunday morning when discussing the roster move.
“I know there’s another gear he’s got, and he needs additional playing time in order to to be able to find it,” Tracy said.
Nelson gives the Rockies another option at third base, now that they have cut ties with, and can provide some extra-base power at that offensive position when he spells . Nelson is also athletic enough to back up at second base and shortstop.