Good-news Rockies spring forward

Published: February 24, 2013, 7:44 am, by Paul Klee

If spring training is a time for baseball optimism, and it certainly feels that way here in a desert oasis like Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, let’s take this opportunity to say optimistic things about the Rockies.

Yes, the Rockies, who, last time we saw them, were 64-98.

First, the pitching. Let Walt Weiss tell it.

“I thought all our pitchers threw the ball very well,” the first-year, first-time manager said in his office after an 11-2 win against Arizona.

Next, Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo missed 113 games last season and underwent surgery on a groin injury. The star shortstop went 1-for-2 with a single and earned positive marks from his manager, the former shortstop.

“That’s part of that plan, that we communicate throughout the season. It just wanted to make sure everything was going as well as it looked,” Weiss said. “He wanted to run the bases if he got on that last at-bat. That’s a good mental test for him today that I thought he passed very well. … We’ll ease (him) into it and we’ll build it up. But he’ll be off (Sunday).”

There were other positives, such as my on-time flight and the 60-degree weather, but we won’t talk about all that while the good people of Colorado battle blizzards and such. No reason to make enemies.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks, who share the Salt River complex, play again at 1:10 Sunday.

-Saturday’s column: Link.

-Saturday’s notes: Link.

-Saturday’s photo: Link.

Twitter: @Klee_Gazette