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Rutledge went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Rutledge isn't quite slugging at the level he showcased during his impressive MLB debut in the second half of 2012, but it appears he's nonetheless reestablished himself as part of the Rockies' long-term plans. While Troy Tulowitzki (hip) is set to return to shortstop next spring, Rutledge, who is slashing .270/.317/.412 over 317 plate appearances, should be given every opportunity to beat out the light-hitting DJ LeMahieu at second base.

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Rutledge went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 16-2 romp over the Dodgers.

Rutledge isn't showing the burst of power or speed that he demonstrated last season with the Rockies, but he has been hitting with far more consistency in 2014. He'll have a lockdown on the starting shortstop job for the rest of the season, but with Troy Tulowitzki (hip) expected back for the start of spring training, his status heading into 2015 is on shaky ground.

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Rutledge is out of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.

Rutledge will sit Friday in favor of Rafael Ynoa, who will bat seventh for the Rockies. While Rutledge figures to see a majority of the starts in September, the team will also likely want to get a look at Ynoa, who could be a candidate for the roster in 2014.

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Rutledge is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Rutledge has made five straight starts, but will be relieved by Rafael Ynoa at shortstop Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old is off to a solid start of September, collecting eight hits over his first five games of the month.

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Rutledge went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Giants.

Rutledge tripled for the second straight game, giving him an impressive six over just 241 at-bats this season. He should be a fixture in the No. 2 spot in the lineup the rest of the way, with Troy Tulowitzki (hip) out for the season.

Josh Rutledge 2B/SS COL 20 Days

Rutledge went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in Monday's 10-9 win over the Giants.

A return to Coors Field was exactly the antidote Rutledge needed to put a 1-for-18 skid over the last six games behind him. The Rockies added infielder Rafael Ynoa to their roster Monday and still have Charlie Culberson around to push for starts at shortstop, but unless he falls prey to another prolonged slump, Rutledge will man the position most nights for the rest of the season.

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Rudledge is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Rutledge is just 1-for-18 over the past six games, and will take a day off Sunday to get his head right for September. Charlie Culberson gets the start at shortstop in his place and will bat seventh for the Rockies.

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Rutledge is out of the lineup Thursday against the Giants.

Charlie Culberson will spell Rutledge at shortstop in the finale against San Francisco, following an 0-for-11 showing from Rutledge in the first three games of the series. Rutledge's average has fallen more than 50 points since the end of July, but he should continue to see most of the time at the position with Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) out for the year.

Josh Rutledge 2B/SS COL 1 Month

Rutledge went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

After spending three consecutive games on the bench last week, Rutledge has since returned to the starting lineup for four straight games. His reentry to the lineup has been successful thus far with a 5-for-16 showing at the plate to go with two stolen bases. For now, it looks like he'll be able to ward off Charlie Culberson for regular duties at shortstop.

Josh Rutledge 2B/SS COL 1 Month

Rutledge is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Reds.

Rutledge received a clearer path to playing time the rest of the season with the news Wednesday that Troy Tulowitzki (hip) wouldn't play again in 2014, but his recent offensive struggles could end up costing him his starting job anyway. Rutledge has only five hits in 41 August at-bats, potentially loosening his hold on regular duties if backup Charlie Culberson -- who will fill in for him Thursday -- gets hot at the dish.