Carlos Gonzalez Injury: Updates on Rockies Star's Finger
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
The Denver Post's Tony E. Renck confirms Carlos Gonzalez will not undergo surgery on his injured finger:
Pleased with the progress and lack of pain after three instructional-league games, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has elected not to have surgery on his sprained right middle finger, he told The Denver Post on Monday.
"I went to Arizona, and played, and it felt fine. It has gotten a lot better. I am going to rest it, and I should be good to go for spring training," Gonzalez said.
"The doctor (a hand specialist in Cleveland) said to avoid surgery if I can. That's what I am going to do," Gonzalez said.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
Gonzalez will "likely" undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right middle finger according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck added:
Gonzalez said Sunday that he will travel to Cleveland to visit a hand specialist on Thursday. If surgery is recommended, which a top Arizona physician advised on Sunday, then Gonzalez will have the procedure done either later this month or immediately following the season. He's leaning heavily toward surgery.
"It's my decision. I am probably going to have it regardless of what he says. It's just not getting any better," Gonzalez said. "I want to be ready for spring training."
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 15
Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post passed along a synopsis of Rockies manager Walt Weiss discussing Carlos Gonzalez's availability for the remainder of the season:
It's growing increasingly likely that Carlos Gonzalez will not bat again this season, Weiss said.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 10
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post provides insight into how the Rockies will utilize Carlos Gonzalez for the time being:
All-star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez continues to travel with the team and will be used as a late-inning defensive replacement, but don't expect to see him at the plate anytime soon. The middle finger of his right hand is still swollen and sore.
Saunders continued with a statement from manager Walt Weiss:
"That's a tough situation," [Walt] Weiss said. "With one swing, he could be right back where he's been."
Weiss reiterated what the club has been saying for some time: "It's going to take rest in the offseason for that finger to heal."
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 3
From The Denver Post's Troy Renck:
CarGo is available to play defense and run bases tonight. Might be able to hit tomorrow. He is not being shutdown at this point— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 3, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2
From Troy Renck of The Denver Post:
CarGo was late scratch in AAA. Not sure if related to finger injury.. He was hopefuly of playing against Dodgers tomorrow. #Rockies— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 2, 2013
From Rafael Rojas of MLB.com:
CarGo's hand is so swollen he can't even close it, so it's very likely that he'll be done for the year. #LosRockies— Rafael Rojas C (@rafaelrojasc) September 2, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 1
Carlos Gonzalez went hitless in Saturday's rehab game. While he reached first base on a fielding error in the fourth inning, he was then picked off during the next at-bat, per MiLB.com.
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26
From Troy Renck of The Denver Post:
Cargo took 30 swings in BP in cage. Hopes to hit on field tomorrow Will need a rehab assignment he believes— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 26, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19
Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post has the latest on Carlos Gonzalez:
Just as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki begins to simmer at the plate, Carlos Gonzalez sits on the disabled list.
And the left fielder will not be activated when he's eligible to return Tuesday. He won't even swing a bat for the first time in two weeks until Wednesday, hoping that prescribed rest heals his sprained right middle finger.
'We will test him this week and see where he's at,' Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, by Ian Hanford
From the Denver Post's Troy Renck:
No word yet on whether CarGo goes on DL... Not starting today— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 6, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 4, by Eric Ball
Troy Renck of the Denver Post spoke with Gonzalez about his nagging injury:
"I don't want to go on the DL. But I can't swing. I am just a slap hitter, that's all I can do right now. It's right back to where it was (during the Atlanta series)."
Gonzalez tried choking up on the bat and had his sprained right middle finger taped differently. He bunted for a base hit, but reaggravated his injury in his last at-bat. This is the fourth time it's flared up since he originally hurt on his follow through on July 7. Manager Walt Weiss indicated last week that if CarGo had another setback with the injury they would likely place him on the DL.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 2, by Ian Hanford
Renck with the latest:
CarGo is day-to-day.. Might start tomorrow. Cuddyer expected back to play Saturday— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 2, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, by Eric Ball
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports on the latest with CarGo, who left tonight's 9-0 loss to the Braves due to his nagging finger injury:
Carlos Gonzalez going on DL real possibility. Rockies will have conversation tonight and tomorrow. But finger not well at all— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 1, 2013
Rocks trainer Keith Dugger said CarGo finger was X-rayed. Same diagnosis of sprain. Will linger rest of year.But doesn't think DL would help— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 1, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, by Ian Hanford
Denver Post reporter Troy Renck reports that Gonzalez aggravated his finger on Thursday:
With an offense already sputtering, this was the last thing the Rockies needed. All-star and National League home run leader Carlos Gonzalez exited in the fourth inning Thursday after aggravating his finger injury.
Gonzalez struck out in his first at-bat, leaving him 3-for-20 on the homestand with one homer. He hurt his finger during a swing during that at-bat. Gonzalez told the Post last weekend that the finger was still bothering him. He has been taking anti-inflammatories and taping his middle and ring fingers together when he hits.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that tonight's lineup will not feature Cargo:
No CarGo in lineup...— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 8, 2013
The Denver Post's Troy Renck has the news and prognosis:
CarGo leaves the game with a right-hand injury...— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 7, 2013
Cargo has sprained middle finger on right hand. X rays negative. Listed as day to day— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 7, 2013
With the Colorado Rockies trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-1, Gonzalez stepped up to the plate in the top of the ninth inning and swung awkwardly at the first pitch, fouling it off and looking in pain immediately afterward.
Todd Helton replaced him for the rest of the at-bat.
It's fortunate that Gonzalez is only listed as day-to-day, but it is evident that he—and the Rockies—just cannot catch a break.
After straining his back earlier in the week, Gonzalez was forced to sit out Friday's contest against the D-backs. It took him one game to get back into the swing of things, going 4-for-4 with a home run and a double Saturday.
Entering Sunday's game, he was hitting a robust .303/.369/.622 with an NL-leading 24 home runs and 66 runs scored. He has also driven in 63, stolen 15 bases and was rightly named as a starter for the 2013 All-Star Game.
The third-place Rockies have been plagued by injuries all season, and even though it's minor, this has to be a frustrating close to an aggravating week for Gonzalez.
Still, he appears to have dodged a bullet and should be back in Colorado's lineup soon.
Other sidelined Rockies include sluggers Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler, who are both on rehab assignments, and pitcher Roy Oswalt, who, according to Renck, injured his left hamstring Sunday and may be headed for the disabled list.
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