Things were finally looking up, right? He was finally snapping out of his slump, we hoped. Bad news followed, unfortunately, as CarGo was forced to exit in the 4th inning with a bruised left index finger. Per Thomas Harding of MLB.com:
It was not immediately clear how the injury occurred, but television cameras caught him shaking the hand uncomfortably in the dugout after the top of the fourth inning. Gonzalez had just fielded a fly ball from the Mets’ Daniel Murphy.
It’s also possible the injury occurred during his third-inning at-bat, when he hit a heavy sinker from Colon for a ground-ball double play.
Gonzalez has been trying to climb out of a slump. He left the game with a .245 batting average and is considered day to day.
But hey, at least it was no big deal last time CarGo had an injured finger, right guys?
The injury last season was to his right middle finger, so this one is unrelated in that sense. But it does add to the list of speed bumps for CarGo in the early weeks of 2014 and forces us all to hold our breath and hope he is not out for an extended period of time.