Jun 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Charlie Culberson (23) throws the ball to first base against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at AT&T Park. The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies Charlie Culberson dodges bat, fields ball (video)

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Colorado Rockies shortstop Charlie Culberson had quite a night Thursday in the Rockies’ 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.  Not only did he hit a three run homer, he also made a slick fielding play after nearly being taken out by the bat of Reds first baseman Todd Frazier leading off the sixth inning.

Frazier was sawed-off by an inside fastball from Rockies’ pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, and that is when Culberson had to do his best to dodge the bat and field the ball at about the same time.

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The kid has some moves on him!

Culberson has been rotating with Josh Rutledge at shortstop with regular starter Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list with a hip flexor strain.

After a visit with a specialist on Wednesday, it was determined that he had a torn labrum in his right shoulder (long way from his hip, huh?).  He will miss the rest of the season, but is expected to be ready for spring training next year.

With Rutledge struggling at the plate so far in August, Culberson has cut into his playing time.  That may continue if he plays defense like this!  They can deal with his .189 average on the season for an upgrade defensively at such an important position.

 

 

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