LOS ANGELES -- Injured Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is with the team and is being allowed to run and catch fly balls during batting practice, but he will give the sore ligaments in his right wrist four or five more days to heal before increasing to activities that involve holding the bat.
Gonzalez, who was injured Thursday while taking a swing and is on the 15-day disabled list, is feeling less pain in the ligaments and tendons but still has pain in the bone. Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in the wrist in early July when he ran into the outfield wall to catch a fly ball. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger compared the injury to a kick in the shin -- it's felt for a long time.
Gonzalez also suffered an injury to the wrist area -- with pain from the wrist through the base of his thumb after fouling off a pitch -- last August on his way to winning the National League batting title.
In other injury news:
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon (broken left foot) was having the sutures removed from this surgically repaired foot on Monday. He is not being allowed to put weight on his foot for five more weeks, before a follow-up X-ray to determine how the pin that was inserted in the foot is working. He is moving around with a push cart and is doing bone stimulator treatments and range-of-motion exercises.
Catcher Jose Morales (on the 60-day disabled list with broken right thumb) could have the surgically inserted pins removed on Wednesday. Whether it's this week or next, after the pins are removed and the wound heals, he will be allowed to do grip strength exercises.
Inspired by dad, Rogers makes return to Rox
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers hopes to make the most of his chance to turn around a frustrating, painful season. But when he looks in the mirror at his long, curly hair, it puts his problems in perspective.
Rogers, who suffered a strained right lat muscle on May 1 and an oblique muscle during his Minor League rehab assignment, finally returned to the active roster on Monday. The Rockies designated left-handed pitcher Eric Stults for assignment to make room for Rogers, who will initially pitch out of the bullpen but figures to have a shot at returning to the starting rotation at some point.
But Rogers is growing his hair in honor of his father, Danilo Rogers, who is battling colon cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy in the Dominican Republic.
"When everything is OK with my dad, I'm going to cut my hair," Rogers said. "He's really good right now. He's better. He had an MRI two days ago and has a test tomorrow. We're going to find out if the cancer is better and if the mass is a little bit smaller so they can take it out.
"I want my dad to be with me. If everything is all right and they take the mass out, he can come here."
Rogers, 25, was 3-1 with a 7.66 ERA in five games, including four starts, before suffering the injury during a relief appearance. He ended up making six Minor League starts over two rehab assignments.
"Everything is good right now," Rogers said. "My body is really good and my arm is awesome right now.
"It's been a little frustrating for me. This is the first time I've gotten hurt playing baseball. It's really bad for me. But right now I've got an opportunity to get back."
There could be opportunity for Rogers to start. Aaron Cook struggled after missing the first two months with injury but may have earned a lengthier opportunity by grabbing his first win Friday night against the D-backs. Jason Hammel has been up and down, as has been the Rockies' Monday night starter against the Dodgers, rookie Juan Nicasio.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.