Colorado Rockies injury news: Carlos Gonzalez discusses hamstring
PITTSBURGH — Carlos Gonzalez says there couldn’t be a better time for the Colorado Rockies to have an off day.
Colorado’s day off on Thursday will allow Gonzalez to rest an injured right hamstring suffered in the fifth inning of Colorado’s 10-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Gonzalez told Rox Pile and other media members that he overstretched his leg making a diving catch. The catch was rated 5-star by Statcast but the end result was less than stellar for the Rockies.
"“It’s sore right now,” CarGo said. “I think I overstretched my leg when I was trying to make that diving play. I felt something definitely. I stayed in the entire inning and when I came into the dugout I told the trainers and they decided to take me out of the game. The manager approached me and asked me the same question and then he decided to take me out. I came up here for evaluations and just doing treatment and hopefully I’ll feel better in the next couple of days.”"
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Gerardo Parra replaced CarGo in right field. Each finished the day 1-for-2 at the plate as the Rockies managed just seven hits in the series finale in Pittsburgh.
CarGo said he didn’t remember the last time he dealt with hamstring issues. Will he be in the lineup on Friday against the Chicago Cubs, the day after Colorado’s first off day since April 1?
"“I want to be in the lineup,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t know if I’m going to be. If you ask me how I feel today and if I could play, of course I’m going to say no. It’s one of those things where you want to see progression. If I feel good enough to play baseball, I’ll be in there.”"
The timing of the injury could be interesting for the Rockies. Parra will likely begin serving his suspension over the weekend when the Cubs visit Coors Field for their only appearance of the season in Denver. Potentially without CarGo and Parra, Colorado could look to make a roster move. Right now, other outfield options would include Mike Tauchman, who started in left field on Wednesday, is now 1-for-20 on the season while Pat Valaika, who has also seen time in the outfield in the past, is just 2-for-35 on the campaign.
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What’s the good news for the Rockies? Colorado will have All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado back from his suspension for Friday’s opener against the Cubs.