HOUSTON -- Rockies hitting coach Carney Lansford plans to undergo right hip replacement surgery this offseason, he said Saturday.Lansford, 54, will consult with doctors in Arizona on Oct. 6 and hopes to schedule the operation as quickly as possible. About a third of the way through this season, Lansford said, the pain of bone-on-bone grinding and a torn labrum increased to the point where he eventually could not do his daily exercise routine. Lansford said he talked to D-backs' hitting coach Don Baylor, whom he replaced with the Rockies after last season. Baylor underwent a similar procedure last winter. "He said a month after his surgery, he was on the golf course," Lansford said. "That was encouraging news. Other people I've talked to have said the same thing. The first week or two weeks are the worst, then it's fine after that. "I don't like the fact that I'm 54 and I need to have it done, but it is what it is. I want to have the thing done and be ready for next year."
CarGo back with team but not likely to play
HOUSTON -- Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez rejoined the Rockies on Saturday after recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, but he's not likely to play in any of the final five games because of a bone bruise on his right wrist.Gonzalez, who has missed three different periods of action because of the wrist problem, will visit with San Francisco 49ers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Terry McAdams for another look at the wrist during the team's season-ending road trip to San Francisco, Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger said. Earlier this season, Gonzalez was diagnosed with a bone bruise and an inflamed tendon in the wrist. The bone bruise is more of a concern. The likely prescription is rest, and Dugger said Gonzalez will have to wear a brace while sleeping because the wrist naturally curls then. After a slow start, Gonzalez caught fire only to be halted when he ran into the center-field wall to make a catch against the Royals on July 3. The other two times he was hurt, he also was hitting well. Gonzalez has a .295 batting average with 26 home runs and 92 RBIs, but plenty of frustration that grew when he watched the D-backs -- his former organization and the Rockies' Spring Training partner at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- celebrate clinching the National League West on Friday night. Gonzalez said he doesn't like it when any team other than his clinches, but he could not help but think of the high hopes the Rockies had and the low expectations facing the D-backs when preparations for 2011 began. "Our team was way stronger than a lot of teams," Gonzalez said. "Thinking about the Diamondbacks, they were having a difficult time learning how to play together. They were all lost. Now they've finally put it together. They won series. They won the division. That's what it takes. "We just need to figure it out, work hard, get excited about the season and show up in Spring Training like it's a new year and a big opportunity for us."
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