Pacheco's pairing with De La Rosa not intentional
SAN DIEGO -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he hasn't made Jordan Pacheco the personal catcher for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, even if it looks that way.
Pacheco's pairing with De La Rosa on Wednesday night against the Padres marked the third straight time they were together. This came after two well-chronicled games -- one in Spring Training, the other on Opening Night -- where it was clear De La Rosa and Wilin Rosario were having trouble with signals.
The problem with assuming that De La Rosa is being kept from Rosario, whose defense often comes under scrutiny, is his two starts with Pacheco were almost identical to the one with Rosario. De La Rosa had dominant periods, but he ran into trouble and lasted just 4 1/3 innings each time.
"It's not," Weiss said when asked if this is a personal pairing. "You probably don't believe me. That wasn't the issue. I wanted Wilin to be in there against left-handed pitching we faced the first couple of nights. He swings the bat very well against left-handed.
"I need to get Jordan in there just because he hasn't been out there in a little while. Those were the bigger factors as to who was catching Jorge tonight. Wilin will catch Jorge plenty this year."
Facing left-handers on the first two nights of the series against the Padres, Rosario was 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs. In De La Rosa's last start, at San Francisco, Rosario was scratched before the game because of a left wrist strain from a previous game.