Updates from Friday, July 11
The Rockies reported good news for Gonzalez on Friday:
#Rockies activate OF Carlos Gonzalez from the 15-day DL. He made 4 rehab app going 5-for-13 (.385) w/a 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI & 4 runs scored.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) July 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post has an update on Gonzalez's pending return:
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Rockies outfield slugger Carlos Gonzalez doubled and hit a three-run homer Monday for Triple-A Colorado Springs in his first injury rehab game, at Round Rock.
The plan has been for Gonzalez to return for the weekend three-game weekend series with the Twins.
Updates from Sunday, July 6
Nick Groke of The Denver Post provides a statement from Carlos Gonzalez discussing his recovery:
Carlos Gonzalez, free of the 'fatty mass with tentacles' surgically removed from his finger last month, was back hitting live pitching Saturday at Coors Field — and against a Rockies rookie also rehabbing.
'I fouled off a couple balls, and that was my biggest fear — because you're not going to barrel the ball every time,' Gonzalez said. 'And that's when it used to hurt really bad. But this was really good. No pain. I just have to get my timing back. And I'm sure that will only take a couple at-bats.'
Gonzalez will take batting practice again Sunday. And he could start a minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs as soon as Monday.
Updates from Thursday, July 3
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez's recovery:
Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Nick Groke of The Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez:
Carlos Gonzales (finger tumor) hit off a tee today. “Now that he can swing a bat, his rehab will go rather quickly" #Rockies' Dugger said.— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) July 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, June 29
Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post provides a statement from Rockies manager Walt Weiss discussing Carlos Gonzalez's recovery:
Carlos Gonzalez is making some progress after surgery June 10 to remove a tumor from his left index finger. 'He's starting to just take dry swings with the bat,' Weiss said.
Updates from Wednesday, June 11
Thomas Harding of MLB.com provides an interesting update on Carlos Gonzalez's finger injury:
#Rockies trainer Keith Dugger says doc removed a "fatty mass with tentacles" from left index finger of OF Carlos Gonzalez. Could miss 5 was— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) June 11, 2014
Max Wildstein of CalltothePen.com provides an updated outlook for how long Gonzalez will be out of action:
#Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez is expected to miss five weeks after having a non-cancerous tumor removed from his finger— Max Wildstein ⚾️ (@MaxWildstein) June 11, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 10
Thomas Harding of MLB.com has the latest report on Carlos Gonzalez's mysterious finger injury:
#Rockies manager Walt Weiss said doctors in Cleveland removed a "foreign body" from OF Carlos Gonzalez's left index finger. No timetable— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) June 10, 2014
#Rockies trainer Keith Dugger says docs removed a small tissue or tumor which will be biopsied. These masses are common, usually benign— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) June 10, 2014
Nick Groke of the Denver Post added more from head athletic trainer Keith Dugger:
"We're still not sure (what it is)," Dugger said. "But it's a type of tumor within the sheath of the finger. There's a hard substance underneath it. We're going to do a biopsy on it."
"They are common," Dugger added. "These little benign tumors — which we hope it is — are probably the second-most-common finding in a finger besides cysts."
"Typically it'll take a couple weeks just for the tissue to heal. And then he can get back his strength and start swinging."
Updates from Monday, June 9
The Colorado Rockies confirmed that Carlos Gonzalez had surgery on his ailing finger:
Updates from Wednesday, June 4
Nick Groke of the Denver Post has Gonzalez and manager Walt Weiss' thoughts on the outfielder's injury:
Gonzalez left after the fifth inning against Arizona when his left index finger again swelled up. And this time, he might very well be headed for the disabled list.
“I really don’t know what to do now at this point,” Gonzalez said. “It’s frustrating. This is the third time.”
“I try to stay in there, but it gets to the point where I can’t grip a bat. It gets so big, I can’t fit into a batting glove.”
Gonzalez's manager had more to say, per Groke:
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he will check in with Gonzalez about the finger injury on Wednesday. But he added:
“We’re at a point where we need to make a decision with him.”
Later in the afternoon, the Rockies made a decision via the MLB Roster Moves Twitter account:
The @Rockies place OF Carlos Gonzalez on 15-day DL with left index finger inflammation.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 4, 2014
The @Rockies recall INF Ryan Wheeler, C Michael McKenry from Triple-A Colorado Springs; designate catcher Jordan Pacheco for assignment.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 4, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Nick Groke of the Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez's ever-ailing finger:
Carlos Gonzalez was removed for reaggravating that left index finger. It swelled up on him again...— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) June 4, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 25
Carlos Gonzalez has returned to the Rockies' lineup for Sunday's game, via Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post:
Updates from Saturday, May 24
Denver Post reporter Patrick Saunders reports Gonzalez is expected to return before the weekend is over:
The Rockies revealed Carlos Gonzalez remained out of the lineup:
Today's lineup vs. Atlanta. First pitch is at 2:10pm MT: pic.twitter.com/BjeUIKQLc3— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 24, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 23
The Rockies' Twitter feed has the latest on Gonzalez:
Here's tonight's lineup for the series opener vs. Atlanta at 5:35pm MT: pic.twitter.com/bQtXEMjDoC— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Adrian Dater of the Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez's status:
Today's lineup for Rockies against SF Giants pic.twitter.com/3g4E6iJf5U— Adrian Dater (@adater) May 22, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
The Rockies announced that Gonzalez is dealing with more finger issues:
Carlos Gonzalez left tonight's game with left index finger inflammation and is day-to-day.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 22, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 3
Nick Groke of the Denver Post revealed Carlos Gonzalez's return to the Rockies' lineup:
Updates from Friday, May 2
The Denver Post's Nick Groke notes that Gonzalez will miss today's game:
The Colorado Rockies will be without one of their best hitters for the time being after Carlos Gonzalez injured his thumb on Thursday night against the New York Mets.
The team announced that the star outfielder has a left index finger contusion and will be day-to-day:
CarGo left tonight's game with a left index finger contusion. He is listed as day-to-day.— Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) May 2, 2014
Gonzalez drilled his sixth home run of the year and second in as many games on Thursday. Before leaving the game, he looked to be getting back on track after seeing his batting average drop from .389 on April 9 to .232 on April 28.
The Rockies have shown some signs of progress this season after finishing last in 2013. They jumped out to a 16-13 record going into Thursday night and were 1.5 games back of the first-place San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
Although Gonzalez has struggled so far this year, there's no question that Colorado will need him back in the lineup if it's to stay above .500. The pitching staff remains a major concern, and who knows if Justin Morneau can keep up his blistering pace much longer?
Gonzalez's health will undoubtedly be a story to watch over the coming days.