The Colorado Rockies recently resigned outfielder Carlos Gonzalez to a one-year contract to make it his tenth season in a Rockies uniform. On Thursday, he made his Cactus League debut.
On Thursday, against the Los Angeles Angels, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez made his Cactus League debut.
When he first stepped into the batter’s box against Andrew Heaney, who is slated to be in the Angels starting rotation, he was greeted to a standing ovation from Rockies fans at Salt River Field in Talking Stick. In that first at-bat, he had a single and he subsequently scored. Overall, he went 1-for-3 with that single.
After the 10-8 loss to the Angels, Gonzalez spoke the media about his Cactus League debut.
"“I didn’t do much — I was trying to concentrate for my at-bat — but that was really nice, the way that people received me,” Gonzalez said. “That was a great ovation. Even coming out of the tunnel to do the stretch before the game, a lot of people were excited to see me wearing the uniform.” (h/t Thomas Harding of MLB.com)"
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Before making his Cactus League debut, he played in two games on the back fields and he did pretty well, including hitting a homer of Scott Oberg.
"“When we start playing games in Spring Training, we try to concentrate, see the ball well, make sure your body feels good, your legs feel good,” Gonzalez said. “Everything is great. Today was a good day.” (h/t Harding)"
Carlos Gonzalez will not be in the starting lineup today against the Angels again. Today, they are facing the Japanese two-way phenom, Shohei Otani.
Today’s game will be televised on the Angels side and you can access it through MLB.TV if you have paid for a subscription here.
On Saturday, the Rockies are going to face the Milwaukee Brewers. Neither team will be televising it but the KOA 850 and the Rockies Radio Network will have the broadcast. Antonio Senzatela will face Zach Davies, who was only second to Clayton Kershaw in the wins category last year as he went 17-9. Look for CarGo to return to the lineup then.