Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 6 days ago1 Comment

Gonzalez went 5-for-5 in Friday's win over the Giants, finishing only a home run shy of the cycle while scoring three times and driving in a run.

After sitting out the previous three games with a hand injury, Gonzalez announced his return to the lineup with authority, as he turned in his best performance of the season. With a .325/.357/.649 slash line in June that includes six homers and 15 RBI, Gonzalez seems to have finally gotten comfortable at the plate after a rough start to the year. With the Rockies still sitting seven games under .500 even with their core of star hitters heating up, it might be time for the team to consider dealing Gonzalez while he still remains healthy and can yield a maximum return.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 7 days ago

Gonzalez (hand) is back in the lineup Friday against the Giants, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

The 29-year-old will return after missing three starts due to a hand sprain to face right-hander Tim Hudson, against whom he's just 4-for-21 (.190 average) in his career. Gonzalez's numbers against right-handers are up from last year, though, from .237/.309/.457 to .264/.328/.489.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 7 days ago

Gonzalez (hand) entered Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks as a late-inning defensive replacement.

Though he hasn't made a pinch-hitting appearance yet since suffering the hand injury, Gonzalez has appeared in each of the Rockies' last two games, which would seem to signal that the team doesn't think he'll land on the disabled list. It's unclear if Gonzalez will be ready to hit during Friday's game against the Giants, but it seems quite likely that he'll be able to return to the lineup at some point during the series.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 7 days ago

Gonzalez (hand) is expected to be ready for Friday's game against the Giants, the Denver Post reports.

Gonzalez missed the last three games, but X-rays on his hand came back negative, suggesting the injury is just a bad bruise.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 1 week ago

Gonzalez is out of Thursday's lineup, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports.

X-rays on Gonzalez's hand were negative, so this may not require a DL stint, but he will miss his third straight game Thursday. Brandon Barnes will get the start in right field against the Diamondbacks and Gonzalez should be considered day-to-day.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 1 week ago

Gonzalez (hand) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

X-rays were negative after Gonzalez left Sunday's game, and manager Walt Weiss said the team doesn't think it's anything serious, but the outfielder will miss a second straight start due to the injury. It's poor timing for Gonzalez as he appeared to be heating up, homering in three straight games against Houston last week. Brandon Barnes will get the start in right field Wednesday.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 1 week ago

Manager Walt Weiss labeled Gonzalez as "day-to-day" heading into Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. "Just one or two days," Weiss said. "But with the hand, it is always a little concerning with hitters...there is always a concern it could linger, but we don't think it's anything serious."

X-rays conducted on Gonzalez's sprained left hand Monday showed no damage to the bone, which seemingly qualifies Weiss' optimism. It still seems likely that Gonzalez, who sat out Tuesday, will remain out of the lineup Wednesday as a precaution, but he could be available as a substitute off the bench.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 1 week ago

Gonzalez (hand) isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Gonzalez sprained his hand during Sunday's game against the Brewers, and X-rays after the contest came back negative. He's likely considered day-to-day, although it isn't a great sign that Monday's off day wasn't enough for him to get back into the lineup.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 2 weeks ago

Gonzalez was cleared of any structural damage to his hand after X-rays following Sunday's game came back negative, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

Gonzalez said he first suffered the injury while swinging during a third-inning at-bat, but he initially stayed in the game before being pulled two innings later when he was still experiencing some soreness. The Rockies have officially diagnosed Gonzalez with a mild left hand sprain, and for now, the team appears optimistic that the outfielder won't be sidelined for long. In fact, with the team off day Monday, it's possible that Gonzalez could be good to go by the time the Rockies open up their series Tuesday with the Diamondbacks.

Carlos Gonzalez LF/RF COL 2 weeks ago

Gonzalez suffered a mild left hand sprain in Sunday's contest against the Brewers and is considered day-to-day, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Gonzalez injured his hand running into the wall in right field, and exited the game after being examined by the trainer in the bottom of the frame. He looks to have avoided a major injury, and it appears possible he won't miss much time because of it.