Atkins Back At Third Base For Rockies

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When the winter began, Colorado Rockies infielder Garrett Atkins figured his move from first to third base would mean more than just a trip across the Coors Field diamond.

And once Holliday was traded to Oakland for pitchers Greg Smith and Huston Street and outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez, Atkins stopped thinking that he'd be packing his bags, too.

Atkins spent most of last season at first base after Todd Helton's bad back landed him on the DL and eventually the operating table.

Before last summer, Atkins hadn't played extensively at first base since his first season in the minors. Now, he's going into spring training planning on getting some work at first base and realizing he'll have to move over there perhaps once a week this season.

Much will be expected of Atkins, who just turned 29, as the veteran right-handed bopper in Holliday's absence, and Helton, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki will be counted upon to bounce back from down seasons themselves.