Saturday, May 06, 2006

Clint Barmes Dropped in Lineup to No. 7 Hole

Struggling Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes, who has spent his entire professional career batting No. 2 or leadoff, was demoted in the batting order Friday to No. 7, being replaced by hot-hitting reserve Jamie Carroll, who started at second base. The demotion came after Barmes swooned in a 2-for-22 slump and his average fell to .245, contributing to an intolerable number of baserunners failing to advance.