Carlos Gonzalez Injury: Updates on Rockies Star's Knee and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 20, 2014

Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez uses a stretching band to get ready during pre game activities at MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Lenny Ignelzi

Updates from Wednesday, April 23

The Rockies have announced Carlos Gonzalez's status for today's game against the Giants:

Updates from Monday, April 21

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has the latest on Carlos Gonzalez:

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One of the best offensive teams in baseball through the first month, the Colorado Rockies will have to make due without one of their most dangerous hitters for a couple of days.   

According to team's PR Twitter feed, Carlos Gonzalez, who left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after the sixth inning, is day-to-day with knee tendinitis: 

The 28-year-old Gonzalez grounded out to third and appeared to grimace on his way to first before being replaced in the top of the seventh by Drew Stubbs, who went to center while Charlie Blackmon moved to left. 

Gonzalez talked about the injury after the Phillies' 10-9 win with Nick Groke of the Denver Post:

“I plan on planning Monday. It’s something I have to deal with. I just have to be smart about it.”

Gonzalez said he’s dealt with tendinitis in his knee since early last season.

After a 1-for-4 afternoon, "CarGo" is now hitting .282/.346/.535 on the season. The lefty is tied for the team lead with four home runs and second with 14 RBI. 

While the Rockies formidable lineup, which entered Sunday first in the majors in batting average and second in slugging, isn't exactly the same without their powerful No. 3 hitter, perhaps this will give Gonzalez, who is hitting just .171 over his last nine games, an opportunity to clear his head. 

After receiving a day off earlier in the week, he talked, via The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, about how rest could be beneficial: 

It’s nice when I’m playing the way I’m playing, when things are going the opposite way. Sometimes you put a good swing on the ball and balls are not falling … not because I’m not trying, but because it’s not happening. So maybe give another guy a chance, take a breather and just think about the game. Maybe what I need is a little break.

It doesn't sound as though the injury is all that serious, but it's certainly worth paying attention to, as Gonzalez, an All-Star the last two seasons, played in just 110 games in 2013 and is no stranger to knee injuries. 

Stubbs and 24-year-old Corey Dickerson will step into the lineup while Gonzalez recovers.