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Rockies | DJ LeMahieu now the 2B starter

Colorado Rockies INF DJ LeMahieu, 24, is now the team's starting second baseman after 2B Josh Rutledge was optioned to the minors. "I am excited to be part of this team. We are winning, and it's a lot more fun," LeMahieu said. "At the same time, I'm not taking anything for granted. I see how quickly things can change." Rutledge hit .286 in May and was on pace for 18 home runs and 18 stolen bases, but his defensive shortcomings hurt him the most. LeMahieu made the decision easier by going 7-for-17 recently and 4-for-8 earlier this week in back-to-back starts at the keystone. LeMahieu is hitting .305 in 88 career games for the Rockies, and he's committed only two errors in 327 chances in 70 games at second base in Colorado.

Fantasy Tip: LeMahieu doesn't have as exciting speed or power skills as Rutledge, but he can boost your batting average at a position that is rather thin. LeMahieu can run a bit, too. The Rockies are clearly favoring defense over offense right now at the keystone. LeMahieu makes for nice middle infield depth in deep leagues, but expect Rutledge to be back sooner rather than later.

2013-05-24 13:06:42 | Source: The Denver Post - Troy E. Renck

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