While Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss doesn’t expect
Carlos Gonzalez’s finger injury to require a stint on the disabled list, the
outfielder told reporters – including Ian McCue of MLB.com – that he expects to
have to play through pain for the remainder of the season after aggravating the
ailment earlier this week.
"It's sore," he said before Friday night's game.
"I hurt it again, but it's a thing that I'm going to have to deal with
probably the whole year. Just something that I need to rest, and I don't think
we have time for rest right now."
Gonzalez aggravated his finger sprain on Thursday during his
first at-bat. He exited the contest following the plate appearance, and he was
held out of last night’s lineup. The same injury caused Gonzalez to miss two
games earlier this month, and he realized that it could be a condition that
results in him taking days off for the remainder of the season when the
discomfort becomes too much to bear.
"I knew I was having pain, but I tried to play through
it," he said. "I think it's just more important for me when I have
day like that, just try to talk to [Weiss] and be honest and be on the
Gonzalez said the last thing he can afford to do is miss an
extended period of time on the DL. That is likely the only way his finger
injury will truly heal and perhaps stop lingering, but with the Rockies
struggling to remain in the National League West race he doesn’t feel he can be
out of the lineup any more than a few days.
It’s hard to argue with Gonzalez, as he’s accounted for much
of the team’s offense this season. Over 421 plate appearances, the 27-year-old
has hit .297/.366/.597 with 23 doubles, six triples, 26 home runs and 19 stolen
bases in 21 attempts.
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