Saturday Rockpile: Todd Helton and Ian Stewart to play tomorrow; update on Brad Hawpe's injury; Aaron Cook to start on Opening Day; Omar Quintanilla fights for a roster spot.

According to MLB.com's Thomas Harding, Todd Helton will see some Spring Training action tomorrow vs. the Padres. We can expect to see him for three to four innings. Another tidbit of good news from the article is that Ian Stewart is supposed to get into Sunday's game as well. I'm sure I don't have to tell anybody that both of these revelations bode very well for the Rockies and their depth. Now, we're just awaiting word on Jeff Baker and Brad Hawpe...

Well, the Brad Hawpe portion has been taken care of, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that Hawpe will have the stitches removed from his injured pinkie today and is expected to take batting practice on Monday.  Someone out there should get Jeff Baker on the horn and see how he's doing.

In what is a surprise to almost nobody I'm sure, Harding also informs us that Clint Hurdle has tabbed Aaron Cook as the Opening Day starter on April 6th at Arizona. Ubaldo Jimenez will go in game two. With those two guys going, it seems like as good a chance as any to finally get us a series victory over the D-Backs; anyone feel like placing a wager? (Or not...)

Finally, Harding (who has been busy lately, apparently) also checks in with a piece about the Q-Dog (or is it the O-Dog? Quesadilla? Anyone?) and his fight to earn a spot on the big league roster. Quintanilla is hitting an even .500 this spring and has always been an above-average defender. Personally, I would like to see what Omar is capable of with some consistent at-bats. He's shown that he has a little bit of pop in that tiny bat, and is very versatile in the infield. That said, we should already know that we're in big trouble if the two second basemen that end up sharing at bats are Quintanilla and Clint Barmes. Some people may feel differently, but the Rockies need to find somebody to fill the position that can hit on the road (like you haven't heard that enough in the past 15 years).

 

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