Rockies lose Barmes, Hawpe to DL; Holliday hurts hammy

Updated: May 24, 2008, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies placed shortstop Clint Barmes and right fielder Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and recalled outfielder Seth Smith and infielder Ian Stewart from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Brad Hawpe

Hawpe

Clint Barmes

Barmes

Smith was inserted into the lineup in right field for Saturday's 9-2 loss to the New York Mets. Stewart played third in place of Garrett Atkins, who was a late scratch with a stiff neck.

Smith was 0-for-4 and Stewart 0-for-3 Saturday.

Things didn't get any better during the loss. Left fielder Matt Holliday suffered a slight strain of his left hamstring while running out a grounder in the ninth. The Rockies said he is day-to-day and will be evaluated Sunday.

"It grabbed me a little bit, so we'll see how it feels tomorrow," said Holliday, who hit his eighth homer of the season in the first inning. "I can't really say how it feels right now. I've got ice all over it."

Atkins said his neck has been bothering him for a while and got worse Saturday.

"One swing in the cage tightened it up a little bit," he said. "I tried to keep swinging through it to see if it would be all right. I thought it would be OK. It stiffened up so much I couldn't turn to see the pitcher at that point.

"They gave me a couple of muscle-relaxing pills for me to take tonight, so hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow."

Center fielder Willy Taveras sat out Saturday's game with a bruised right knee suffered in Friday's win over the Mets. He was available to pinch hit, and the Rockies said he is day-to-day.

Barmes sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee when New York's Jose Reyes slid into him at second base during the 10th inning of the Rockies 6-5, 13-inning win Friday night. Barmes left after going 2-for-5 with two RBIs. An MRI exam Saturday revealed the extent of Barmes' injury.

"The way it was explained to me, if you're going to pick a knee injury, this is what you would pick," Barmes said. "I could come back within four weeks."

Barmes leads the Rockies with a .343 average. Since taking over for Troy Tulowitzki, who is out until the All-Star break with a torn left quadriceps, Barmes has hit .400 with three homers and 10 RBIs. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.

This is the second time Barmes has been sidelined by an injury. As a rookie in 2005, he broken his left collarbone on June 1 and missed 78 games.

"I do feel for him," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "What he can control right now is his emotions and how he puts himself in place to find his way back. He's a tough kid."

The loss of Barmes meant the Rockies are down to their third shortstop. Omar Quintanilla was in the lineup for Saturday's game, and Hurdle said that rookie Jonathan Herrera, who was in the lineup Saturday at second, could play some shortstop, too.

"We're in a position now, losing two shortstops, I'm not looking for perfect matchups," Hurdle said.

Hawpe, whose move to the DL is retroactive to Wednesday, has been bothered by a sore right hamstring for three days. He hasn't played since Tuesday, and the Rockies had hoped he would feel better by this weekend.

"We tried to give this every opportunity to get him in play over the weekend," Hurdle said. "We put him through a series of tests. In a controlled environment there's been some incremental improvement, but baseball's not played in a controlled environment.

"He's not close. We felt he might be close about three or four days from now. That puts him halfway home being on the DL so we just go retroactive to the last game he played and he goes from there."


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