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DENVER -- As a longtime shortstop, Ian Desmond knows all too well the value of a good first baseman. Mack Hollins Womens Jersey .Hes vowing to be that reliable as the Colorado Rockies convert him to a position hes never played. He doesnt even have a first basemans glove of his own yet, borrowing one from a buddy until his arrives in the mail.Although the Rockies solution at first base seems out of left field -- Desmond did play 29 games in left for Texas last season -- its really not that farfetched. Or so the Rockies are banking on, finalizing a $70 million, five-year contract Tuesday with the two-time All-Star whos gone from shortstop to outfielder and now back to the infield.I have all the faith in the world that Ians going to be a good first baseman, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said.The 31-year-old Desmond will take over for Mark Reynolds, whos now a free agent. And while Desmond cant recall ever playing the position, even as a kid, he did prove to be a fast learner last season when he moved from shortstop to the outfield for the Rangers.I know what it takes to be prepared every day and thats what Im going to do, said Desmond, who had his wife and young kids sitting in the front row for his introductory news conference.Desmond played at an All-Star level for the Rangers in 2016, hitting .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBI as he split time between left and center.Before that, he was a shortstop for the Washington Nationals.The Rockies gave him a lucrative deal to learn a new skill set at Coors Field, where hes a .379 career hitter in 23 games.Yes, the ball does fly here. Yes, it is a good place to hit, Desmond said. For me, personally, the reason I play well here is because I like coming here. I enjoy coming to Colorado. I enjoy the people in the city. Im from small town in Florida, where when you put the blinker on to change lanes, the people behind you wave. Thats very common here.To hone his fielding skills, he borrowed one of the gloves of Correlle Prime, who just so happens to be a first baseman in the Rockies system. Years ago, Desmond took Prime under his wing when Prime worked out at the same hitting facility in the Sarasota, Florida, area.Little did the friends realize one day they would be in the same organization -- playing the same position.Its bittersweet for me, Desmond said. Trying to get this young man prepared for the big leagues and hes a first baseman and Im proud of how far hes come and the progress hes made. Now, I come in and play first base. Were talking and its like, I would rather it be me than anybody else.Now I get to go to spring training with him. Now he gets to watch me work during the season. I get to see what he does firsthand and see if theres anything I can help him with. Just be there to support him.One things for sure: Desmond has a talented infield to work with in third baseman and perennial Gold Glover Nolan Arenado, shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman DJ LeMahieu.Desmond certainly wont force his way into a leadership dynamic, either. Not his style. Hes more of a quiet leader.You cant come here and expect to be the man, Desmond said. Im going to come in with a lot of respect for those guys, just get in where I fit in.Hes not sure where he might bat in a potent lineup that also features outfielders Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra. Hes on board with wherever first-year Colorado manager Bud Black pencils him in.Im going to work as hard as I can right now to be the best first baseman I can be, Desmond said. Ill keep the other tools fresh also, just to try to be as much of a help as I can.I think about the opportunity here and I think about how much of a sports town this is, how deserving these fans are. 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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said theres still pain two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee, but he isnt ruling himself out of Sundays game at Baltimore.You have surgery two weeks ago, theres going to be a little bit (of pain), Roethlisberger said.But listen, anybody in this locker room whos not feeling pain hasnt been on the football field. Everyones feeling pain right now.Roethlisberger took first-team snaps while practicing in a limited capacity on Wednesday. He practiced in a limited capacity last week and again on Monday.Roethlisberger said it is important to feel comfortable on the field, protect himself in the pocket and keep the swelling down on his surgically repaired knee.Im going to take it one day at a time, Roethlisberger said. When I feel healthy and ready to go, Ill be ready.Roethlisberger said the decision on whether or not he can play will be made by coach Mike Tomlin. Swelling has not been an issue so far though Roethlisberger will continue to remain in contact with team physician Dr. James Bradley and monitor his knee as he ramps up his workload.Dr. Bradley said Ive gone through this before so my body will tell me best how I feel, Roethlisberger said.Roethlisberger injured his left knee during a loss against Miami and was initially expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks following the surgery. He underwent surgery the following day and missed a home loss against New England the next Sunday, though he jogged onto the field to greet his defensive teammates and was spotted walking in the locker room without a limp.Roethlisberger began throwing passes during individual portions of practice two days later, just eight days after surgery. He practiced some with the first team and scout team on Monday, two weeks after his procedure, and again on Wednesday.Im not sure how he feels, but he looked good, offensive lineman Ramon Foster said. His health and how hes feeling, were going to determine that at the rest of the week, but he looked like Ben.The Steelers will go with fourth-year veteran Landry Jones if Roethlisberger cant play. Jones played respectably during a 27-16 loss against New England on Oct. 23, throwing for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Sidney Jones Womens Jersey. m just going to prepare like I have been this whole season, Jones said. (Ben) is kind of feeling good. I dont know what his plan is this week as far as all that goes, but for me, its the same old type of deal, just preparing and getting ready to go.Jones said he is OK if it takes the entire week to decide whether or not Roethlisberger is healthy enough to start.Thats kind of what Im expecting, Jones said. Typically, thats how its worked out in the past, just seeing how he feels the entire week and then making the decision.Running back LeVeon Bell liked how Roethlisberger looked on Wednesday, but he cautioned an early return.I dont know exactly how he feels, but he looked good, Bell said. Were always pushing for him to come back, but I want him to take his time.I want to make sure hes good when he does come back and he doesnt have any setbacks, whether its in practice or a game because its a long season.Since 2004, the Steelers are 11-8 against Baltimore when Roethlisberger plays and 1-6 when he has missed, including playoffs.The Ravens have won five of the past six against Pittsburgh and 12 games in the past 10 years of the rivalry have been decided by 1 to 3 points.Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who intends to play despite tearing his left biceps on Oct. 16, believes Roethlisberger will play.Tell Ben hes not fooling anybody, Suggs said on a conference call. Ive seen this movie too many times before. We know well see No. 7.Game notes G David DeCastro (not injury related) and C Cody Wallace (knee) did not participate in Wednesdays practice, while RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) was limited. .WR Antonio Brown (hip), OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Cameron Heyward (hamstring), S Shamarko Thomas (groin) and WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) were full participants. Gilbert missed the previous three games, while Heyward sat out the past two. Wheaton is dealing with a lingering shoulder issue and missed four of the Steelers first seven games, including the previous two.---For more NFL coverage: and ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '