The issue is likely not that serious, but the team will give Rosario some time to rest. Rosario should return to the lineup soon. He hit .292/.315/.486 in 449 at-bats last year.
Many players report to camp heavier than their playing weight and shed pounds during the first month, but manager Walt Weiss doesn't see Rosario's lighter weight as an issue.
"A lot of it comes down to their body type," Weiss said. "He'll maintain his weight. He's a short, stocky guy, so I don't think he has a problem holding onto his weight during the season. For him, it was just a matter of coming in physically stronger, if that's possible."
The Rockies are planning to use Rosario at first a little more than usual this season. He hit 49 home runs over the last two seasons combined.
"I don't know if it's a priority, but he will get plenty of work at first," Weiss said.
The Rockies plan to use Rosario at first base this season as a way to spell Justin Morneau and keep his bat in the lineup.
"I'm not that great a player like [Todd] Helton or Morneau, but I try to serve," Rosario said, per MLB.com. "If they need me there sometimes, I'm going to be there."
Before he re-signed with the Phillies, the
"Wilin is our catcher," said Bill Geivett, the Rockies' senior director of major league operations. "We just need to find ways to keep his bat in the lineup. He's in a good place and has always been willing to help the team. But at his age, we don't worry about him playing catcher."
Rosario has more home runs since debuting Sept. 6, 2011, than any other catcher, but he's considered a liability defensively. The 24-year-old is confident he's taking the steps necessary to improve, though, pointing out that 2013 NL MVP candidate Yadier Molina wasn't a good hitter when he first broke into the big leagues.
"If he can hit after a couple years playing in the big leagues, why can't I be a good catcher?" Rosario said.
According to the Denver Post, the
The Rockies may acquire a catcher on the free agent market in order to enable Rosario to play other positions -- namely, first base and right field -- more often. The team would like to give Rosario an opportunity to improve his defense as well as appear in the lineup more frequently. Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz are among the free agent catching options the Rockies have explored.
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