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Rockies’ Bud Black considering sticking with DJ LeMahieu as leadoff hitter

PITTSBURGH — DJ LeMahieu has become the Rockies’ leadoff hitter out of necessity early this season, and he’s been thriving in that role, albeit for a short amount of time.

Now manager Bud Black is considering — just considering, mind you — the idea of keep the second baseman there.

LeMahieu, who usually bats second, has taken over the top spot because of injuries to usual leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, and because Nolan Arenado, normally the No. 3 hitter, is serving a five-game suspension for fighting. Arenado is scheduled to return Friday when the Rockies host the Cubs at Coors Field.

Blackmon, healthy again, has been producing from the three-hole in Arenado’s absence.

“Potentially, you could see DJ leading off, with Charlie second, Nolan third,” Black said prior to Colorado’s Monday night game against the Pirates at PNC Park. “That could happen, for sure. We think about these things. We talk about these things, a lot.

“Ultimately, the guys have to hit, no matter where they are. That’s the key. You want to have five, six guys hitting.”

Blackmon had an historic season from the leadoff spot last season, blasting 37 homers and driving in 103 or his 104 runs from the top spot, setting a big-league record. But dropping Blackmon into a more traditional power slot, such as batting third full time, has it’s advantages.

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