The Colorado Rockies have five outfielders batting over .300 this season. Carlos Gonzalez is not one of those outfielders and Michael Cuddyer has been on the disabled list the last few weeks with a strained left hamstring.
What you are talking about, then, is a group of outfielders in Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Drew Stubbs, and Brandon Barnes who are all playing out of their mind thus far. Manager Walt Weiss has already been forced to show some creativity to find enough at-bats for all of those guys. That task will only be made more difficult by the activation of Cuddyer off the disabled list this week.
That is a welcome problem, of course, when the player who is making things more crowded is the defending NL batting champ.
To make room for Cuddyer on their 25-man roster, the Rockies sent down relief pitcher Chris Martin, who had a 4.15 ERA over 8 2/3 innings pitched this season since his call-up from Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 25…In sending down Martin to Triple-A, the Rockies kept six outfielders on their roster. Colorado also started the season with the unusually high complement of outfielders.
It is some weird roster construction to keep six outfielders, but the Rockies are kind of a weird team. They will hope to keep their strong start going when they host the first place San Francisco Giants this week with Cuddyer back in the lineup.