LOS ANGELES -- Often a manager doesn't want to go away from what works, but Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has hit no matter where he has been placed in the lineup.
Sunday against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, manager Walt Weiss went away from the recent strategy of batting the right-handed-hitting Arenado second behind Charlie Blackmon. Instead, right-handed-hitting Brandon Barnes hit second. Arenado batted sixth, behind Troy Tulowtizki and Justin Morneau. With catcher Wilin Rosario not in the lineup Sunday, there was a little less protection behind the key hitters.
Arenado began hitting second toward the end of the Rockies' homestand, after regular No. 2 hitter Michael Cuddyer went to the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury. But Arenado was hitting well before then. He carried a 16-game hit streak into Sunday.
"With Barnsie, we were trying to get another table-setter that can run up in front of the middle of our lineup," Weiss said. "It's just mixing it up a little bit.
"Nolan has hit in a bunch of different spots in the lineup. It's not too big of a deal."
Rosario to have MRI on sore hand
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario said he plans to have an MRI on Monday on his sore left hand, which kept him out of Sunday afternoon's 6-1 victory over the Dodgers.
Rosario left Saturday night's 6-3 loss to the Dodgers with pain at the bottom of his left hand. Sunday was a day off, but it's not clear when he'll return to the starting lineup. Jordan Pacheco started Sunday, with Rosario available in emergency.
"I started feeling it a couple days ago, I felt it a little bit when we played in Denver," Rosario said. "When I felt it a couple of days ago I felt one area, but yesterday I felt it in another part of the hand. So tomorrow they're going to do an MRI to detail what it is.
"For right now, we feel like it's a bruise. So we're going to work on it, we're going to ice it. Then we'll find out tomorrow what happened."
Rosario said he feels it on swings, especially when he misses. But he said he felt it during a double on Saturday night.
"I don't think it's a DL situation, but we are looking at him day to day here," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before Sunday's game.
Rosario, hitting .244 with three home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs in 22 games, was scratched from the lineup April 11 with a left wrist issue. Weiss said this isn't related to that issue, which occurred when he was sliding into a base.
"He's OK, but his hand is pretty sore, though," Weiss said. "He felt it on his swing last night. It's a little tender."
While the Rockies are counting on Rosario not having an extended absence, situations like those are among the reasons the Rockies signed Michael McKenry, who has caught in the Majors for the Rockies and the Pirates. McKenry is batting .310 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 11 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
• Weiss said righty Jhoulys Chacin, who has been out all season rehabbing a shoulder strain he suffered at the start of Spring Training, will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday at Memphis. The Rockies had considered activating him, but instead will give him another Minor League game with no pitch count restrictions.