The Colorado Rockies will play outfielder Carlos Gonzalez in right field when he returns from the disabled list on Friday, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
#Rockies will play OF Carlos Gonzalez in right field when he returns Friday.Colleague Cody Ulm reports that fellow outfielder Corey Dickerson is dealing with a sore left wrist, although the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious.
— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) July 9, 2014
Gonzalez has been out since June 3 after undergoing surgery to remove a mass from his left index finger. The move to right field will allow Dickerson to play left and Charlie Blackmon to shift back to center, improving the Rockies defensively.
Plagued by injuries once again, Gonzalez has appeared in only 52 games this season, posting a .255/.307/.449 line. Gonzalez has played in no more than 135 games in a single year since his outstanding 2010 season.
Drew Stubbs has filled in well, posting a 114 wRC+. He will likely be moved to a fourth outfielder role. It is unclear when or if outfielder Michael Cuddyer will return from a fractured shoulder.
Dickerson injured his left wrist attempting a diving catch in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s win over the San Diego Padres and was held out of the lineup the following day. He said he was fortunate the injury wasn’t more serious.
I pulled it back really good. Luckily, I kept sliding and didn't stop. If it would have stuck, it could have been bad.
The 25-year-old is putting together an outstanding sophomore season, posting a .981 OPS. Gonzalez’s return gives Colorado options to rest Dickerson more over the weekend if needed.
Injuries to numerous position players and especially pitchers have completely derailed what was once a promising season for the Rockies. Colorado sits at 39-53, well out of playoff contention.
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