DENVER -- After seeing outfielder Carlos Gonzalez limp through the last week with cramping and soreness in his left hamstring, the Rockies sent him for an MRI to determine the nature of the problem.The injury, which he suffered Sept. 16 in San Diego and tweaked during a pinch-hit appearance a day later, is the latest problem in a rough second half. Gonzalez, who made his first All-Star Game trip this season, missed time when his grandfather died and has dealt with opposing pitchers avoiding him because Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton have not been in the lineup because of injuries. While playing through the injury, Gonzalez has gone 0-for-8 and seen his season batting average drop to .303.
Fowler given day off to rest achy wrist
DENVER -- The Rockies did not start center fielder Dexter Fowler on Monday because of a sore left wrist -- an issue he has been playing through recently, and one he aggravated while diving for a ball during Sunday's 10-7 loss to the D-backs at Coors Field."The dive had a little something to do with it, but we were dealing with the situation a few days prior too," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It affects him more [hitting] left-handed than it does right-handed as far as swinging.
"With Trevor Cahill pitching today, to ask him to go up there and take four or five at-bats, or at least three in the early part of the game from the left side of the plate, you're compromising the guy."
Tracy likes Rutledge at No. 2 in Rockies lineup
DENVER -- Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge hit leadoff Monday night against the D-backs while center fielder Dexter Fowler nursed a sore left wrist.But when the Rockies are whole and healthy, manager Jim Tracy sees Rutledge -- hitting .294 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 63 games since being called up from Double-A Tulsa -- as having a bright future in the No. 2 spot in the order. "He's going to be a pretty good hitter wherever you put him in the lineup," Tracy said. "But hitting him second a lot was something that was done by design. Moving forward into the future, you get a [cleanup man] Troy Tulowitzki back and a [No. 3 hitter] Carlos Gonzalez into the lineup, and a lot of these situations that I've dealt with over the years with some of these better clubs. That two-hole hitter can certainly hit the fastball with runners on base. Are you going to walk him to get to Carlos Gonzalez? I think you'd try a little harder to get Josh Rutledge out. That's going to be much easier said than done."
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