Stewart makes Rockies opening day roster

Third baseman Ian Stewart has made the Colorado Rockies’ 25-man

opening day roster.

Stewart homered twice in a minor league game Wednesday night,

when he was testing a troublesome left hamstring that could have

landed him on the disabled list to start the season.

With Stewart avoiding the DL, there was no room on the roster

for outfielder Willy Taveras as the Rockies stuck with just four

outfielders.

Right-hander Aaron Cook was placed on the 15-day DL (retroactive

to March 22) with a broken right pointer finger, which he slammed

into a door early in spring training, leading to Esmil Rogers

securing the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

And Jose Morales beat out Mike Pagnozzi for the backup catcher

job behind Chris Iannetta.