Flu bug forces Hurdle to minimize contact with team

DENVER -- Matt Holliday and the Colorado Rockies had a good
reason for keeping their distance from Clint Hurdle -- their manager
was still fighting the flu.

Hurdle retreated to his home before Monday's practice when he
came down with a case of the chills. He said he wasn't feeling much
better during Tuesday's workout at Coors Field.

The Rockies begin the NL Championship Series Thursday night at

"Obviously, nobody wants to be sick right now, so I don't even
know if he's here," Holliday said.

Told that he was, Holliday responded: "I'm going to steer

"That's usually my plan anyway," he said.

Because of a sore throat and other symptoms, Hurdle canceled his
usual chat with reporters. He wanted to avoid having media members
taking the flu bug back into the clubhouse and spreading it around.

Hurdle spent the first part of the workout behind the batting
cage talking with his coaches. He then walked around the outfield,
chatting with various players but keeping several feet of distance
between them.

Colorado plans to practice Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field in
Phoenix. Jeff Francis (17-9) will start the opener for the Rockies
against Brandon Webb (18-10).