DENVER — Before jumping into the latest questions from fans, let’s take time to congratulate righty pitcher Chad Bettis. Today he is one year cancer-free.

DENVER — Before jumping into the latest questions from fans, let’s take time to congratulate righty pitcher Chad Bettis. Today he is one year cancer-free.

Tweet from @roxfan07: @harding_at_mlb what will it take for guys like Patterson, Tapia, McMahon to get a shot where some veterans are underperforming?

I’ll start with Ryan McMahon. This is what happened Tuesday night:

Tweet from @MiLB: #Rockies No. 2 prospect Ryan McMahon homers twice using a bat he borrowed from @ABQTopes teammate Mike Tauchman. https://t.co/stkDTAg4Xf pic.twitter.com/WM2EW8Fnqd

But there is more to the story than the two home runs.

On Sunday, the day Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu suffered a left thumb injury that has him on the 10-day disabled list and seeking opinions on the severity of the injury, McMahon played first base and second base at Albuquerque. He played second in the two games since.

The Rockies called up Pat Valaika on Monday to fill LeMahieu’s roster spot, and Daniel Castro was called up earlier. But the hope for Valaika is the brief time in Triple-A helped him make adjustments that would make him an effective bench player, the way he was last year. Castro is hitting .148 in nine games, including seven starts. He has been dazzling as a defender, but it’s a tough fit on a good defensive infield.

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So while fans are clamoring for McMahon to take over at first base for Ian Desmond, it may make more sense to reinsert him at second — if he is ready for the pinpoint control of Major League pitching. He wasn’t quite there during his .180

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