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

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez watches his two run home run take flight against the  Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Updates from Friday, July 11

The Rockies reported good news for Gonzalez on Friday:

Updates from Wednesday, July 9

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post has an update on Gonzalez's pending return:

Updates from Tuesday, July 8

Thomas Harding of reports on Carlos Gonzalez's performance in his rehab debut:

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:


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 provides an interesting update on Carlos Gonzalez's finger injury:

Max Wildstein of provides an updated outlook for how long Gonzalez will be out of action:


Updates from Tuesday, June 10

Thomas Harding of has the latest report on Carlos Gonzalez's mysterious finger injury:

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: 


Updates from Tuesday, June 3

Nick Groke of the Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez's ever-ailing finger:


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:


Updates from Friday, May 23

The Rockies' Twitter feed has the latest on Gonzalez:


Updates from Thursday, May 22

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post has the latest on Gonzalez's status: 


Updates from Wednesday, May 21

The Rockies announced that Gonzalez is dealing with more finger issues:


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:


Original Text

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:

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.


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