Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

Jordan Pacheco is going to get more playing time at third base and maybe a chance to solidify a position that has been an offensive black hole for the Colorado Rockies.

Chris Nelson, who has made 20 starts at third base, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation, retroactive to Tuesday.

Jonathan Herrera has made nine starts at third base but is viewed as more of a utility type -- he also has made seven starts at second base.

Pacheco made his seventh start at third base Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI as the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 6-1.

Pacheco began the year on the Rockies' bench but was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on April 15 so he could play third base regularly and become more instinctive at the position. He was recalled May 5 and, after starting May 7-8, didn't start again until Tuesday at San Francisco.

The Rockies could use a lift at third base. They entered Wednesday with their third basemen hitting .222, which is 12th in the National League, with one homer (tied for 14th) and 10 RBI (tied for 14th).

Rockies third basemen had a .298 on-base percentage (10th), a .333 slugging percentage (14th) and a .631 OPS (13th).

Pacheco began his career as a second baseman in 2007 and was moved to catcher after spring training 2008. The Rockies thought his leadership skills would play well at catcher and didn't think he profiled power-wise to play third base. He began playing the position in late August at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he had spent most of the season catching. The Rockies called him up in September.

Herrera figures to get some time at third base, too. But Pacheco has started the past two games at the position and has hit the ball well (3-for-7). He has a chance to earn the bulk of the playing time.

He doesn't figure to hit for a lot of power, but Pacheco has shown he can make steady contact and be a gap-to-gap hitter who rarely strikes out. If Pacheco can be average at third base, he should give the Rockies some much-needed offense at the position.

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