Carlos Gonzalez Injury: Updates on Rockies Star's Foot

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

The Colorado Rockies suffered a serious stroke of misfortune on Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals.

UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 6:12 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the MLBLineups Twitter, Gonzalez is back in the lineup for Friday night's game:


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According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was forced out of the game at Coors Field after sustaining an injury while in the on-deck circle. 

Gonzalez was warming up in the bottom of the first inning when a Jordan Pacheco foul ball struck him in the foot. The left fielder was able to leave under his own power and X-rays were negative. However, per Saunders, the team believes that he has a left-foot contusion and will be day-to-day. 

Gonzalez was replaced in the lineup by Tyler Colvin, an outfielder who was called up to take over for Jon Garland just five days ago, per the Denver Post.

As the Denver Post Sports observes, Gonzalez's injury was a scary moment for the Rockies:

The Rockies, who are just two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the highly competitive NL West, can breathe easy knowing that he's merely considered day-to-day. It would be a big blow if the prognosis were any more disconcerting than that.    

The All-Star is a huge part of one of baseball's most potent offenses. He currently leads the team in home runs with 18 and RBI with 52. He managed just 22 home runs and 85 RBI all of last season, but the 27 missed games definitely limited his production.

Given his battles with knee tendinitis in the past, keeping Gonzalez healthy is a priority for the team's hopes of contention.