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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Rockies Injury Updates: Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez

By on 5/25/2014 08:45:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies will look to win their three-game series in Atlanta this afternoon when they face the Braves at 3:10pm mountain time.  The Rockies will hand the ball to Franklin Morales (3-3) as he takes on Julio Teheran (3-3).  It appears the Rockies will be welcoming one star player back on Sunday while another is gone for a long time.

Nolan Arenado
Arenado slid head first in to second base to lead off the second inning on Friday and immediately felt it.  Amazingly, he stayed in the game and ended up scoring on a ground out by Jordan Pacheco.  He was pulled in between innings & replaced by Charlie Culberson.  Joe Morgan of updates the status:
"Arenado's fears were confirmed as the Rockies placed him on the disabled list on Saturday afternoon with a mallet fracture in his left middle finger, recalling Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Arenado will meet with orthopedic surgeon Thomas Graham in Cleveland on Friday."
Arenado has two options at this time; wear a splint or opt for surgery.  Surgery could actually help speed up the process of  recovery but either way, he's looking at missing a month of the season.  With Rutledge coming up from Triple-A, manager Walt Weiss believes he'll mix & match him with DJ LeMahieu & Culberson between second & third base.  Arenado was off to a great start on the 2014 season, hitting .305 with a team leading seventeen doubles to go along with six home runs & twenty-eight RBI.  Those doubles were also good for a tie for fifth in Major League Baseball, third in the National League.

Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez left Wednesday's game, also with a finger injury.  A lot less serious than Arenado though, he was listed as day-to-day.  Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post tweeted out when we can expect him to return:
Assuming Gonzalez knows for sure he is returning, it couldn't come at a better time.  With Arenado's bat missing from the lineup, the extra pop that Gonzalez can provide will be quite welcome.  Gonzalez has put up good numbers so far, even if they are a little short of his normal production.  On the season, he's hitting .276 with twelve doubles, seven home runs & twenty-nine RBI.

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