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Rutledge sees benefit to early demotion

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Infielder Josh Rutledge immediately pushed his spirit to accept the Rockies' decision to send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the season as a positive. The result was he hit .389 in five games and was recalled Wednesday.

Rugledge made that decision pay off with a pinch-hit, RBI single in the Rockies' six-run eighth inning during a 10-4 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Infielder Josh Rutledge immediately pushed his spirit to accept the Rockies' decision to send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the season as a positive. The result was he hit .389 in five games and was recalled Wednesday.

Rugledge made that decision pay off with a pinch-hit, RBI single in the Rockies' six-run eighth inning during a 10-4 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

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"I could see that the move was right -- going down, getting to play every day and getting at-bats in," said Rutledge, who spent Spring Training and the days in Colorado Springs analyzing his best swings on video and trying to recapture them. "I took a lot of good swings. I feel like it was the best thing for me. You've got to see the big picture.

"They told why they sent me down. It was disappointing but I could see where they were coming from with that."

Rutledge started at shortstop and batted second Friday night, recording three hits in a 6-5 loss to the Giants, after Troy Tulowitzki was scratched because of tightness in his right quadriceps.

Rutledge is part of a competitive and fluid utility picture. Charlie Culberson won the lone utility job on the Opening Day roster. Rutledge, Paul Janish and Ryan Wheeler were sent to Colorado Springs. With the Rockies going back and forth between 12 and 13 pitchers -- they have 12, so Rutledge and Culberson are on the team -- the players will have to be sharp to hold jobs.

"It's a good problem to have because that just means you have that much more depth," Rutledge said. "Everybody in big league camp is going to help this team at some point or another. From the Rockies' position, that's the best thing."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb.

 

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