Colorado Rockies' left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left Thursday's game in the fourth inning after aggravating his sprained middle finger on his right hand during his first at bat.
As reported by Thomas Harding of MLB.com,
"Gonzalez struck out in the first inning against Marlins right-hander
Nathan Eovaldi, and he remained in the game defensively. But Jordan
Pacheco took Gonzalez's next at-bat."
"The injury originally occurred in Arizona before the All-Star break.
Gonzalez, who entered Thursday tied with the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez for
the National League home run lead with 26 and leading the league in
slugging percentage at .598 and total bases with 225, didn't go on the
15-day disabled list. However, he pulled out of the Home Run Derby
during All-Star festivities, although he did appear in the All-Star
Although he is listed as day to day, it might be wise for the Rockies to place Gonzalez on the disabled list until the finger is completely healed. Playing may just keep aggravating the finger, and he may go the rest of the season playing at less than full strength.
At this point there is no way to know if there is more damage in the finger. Gonzalez has experimented with various methods of wrapping the finger for the most protection possible.
Gonzalez, in his sixth Major League season, is leading the National League in home runs, with 26. Last season he batted .303 with 22 home runs and 85 rbi's in 135 games.