The Rockies were using Blackmon in the third spot in the order this spring, while experimenting with David Dahl in the leadoff spot, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Manager Bud Black wants to get Blackmon into a better 'run-producing' - i.e. RBI-producing - spot in the order. He's already running less often as it is, so this move will only likely give him fewer runs while adding RBI.
Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the Brewers. Blackmon tied the game with a 400-foot homer off Ray Black in the sixth inning. The long ball was the 32nd of the year for the 33-year-old, who leads the Rockies with a .316 batting average.
Blackmon is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants. Blackmon will sit for the second time in four games as the Rockies go with a younger outfield consisting of Raimel Tapia, Yonathan Daza and Sam Hilliard for Thursday's series finale. The veteran outfielder has appeared in 20 games this month, slashing .300/.388/.543 with four home runs and a 9:9 BB:K.
Blackmon went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run and two walks in a marathon win over the Giants on Tuesday. Blackmon's lone hit helped end the extra-inning affair, as he crushed a 422-foot shot to center field in the top of the 16th frame to plate the winning runs. The homer was a rare moment of success away from home for Blackmon this season; his .256/.296/.433 slash line and 10 long balls on the road pale in comparison to the elite .387/.442/.751 line and 21 round trippers he has posted in Colorado.
Blackmon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Blackmon takes a seat in what likely amounts to routine maintenance following a string of seven straight starts. During that stretch, Blackmon went 8-for-25 with three home runs, three walks, a double and five RBI. Sam Hilliard replaces Blackmon in right field.