Josh Rutledge is on his way to Denver as the Rockies try to cover for the absence of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, according to a major league source.


As of now, that’s the only roster move. Though it could change later today, there’s no plan to promote an outfielder, which suggests that Carlos Gonzalez (bruised left foot) should be able to start. Dexter Fowler is expected to miss a few games with a swollen knuckle on his right ring finger.

Rutledge was demoted to Triple-A to improve his second base defense, but he’s expected to play some shortstop. He was told in spring training that he would return to shortstop if Tulowitzki was sideline for an extended period of time. Rutledge has played shortstop his entire pro career, manning the position for the Rockies for the final three months last season.

DJ LeMahieu could also see time at shortstop. He started regularly there in Triple-A before he was called up to replace Rutledge at second base.

Rutledge hit .348 with 11 extra-base hits in 17 games for the Sky Sox. He projects as a No. 2 hitter in the Rockies’ lineup with Michael Cuddyer the most likely to bat cleanup in Tulo’s absence.