Blog Entry

CarGo out with sore back

Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:25 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos GonzalezCarlos Gonzalez is out of the Rockies' lineup for tonight's game against the Cubs with a stiff lower back.

Gonzalez told Troy Renck of the Denver Post he should be fine tomorrow.

Gonzalez has struggled so far this season, hitting just .241/.288/.333 with one homer. That, he said, has nothing to do with his back.

"I am not swinging at strikes. I need to get back to that, and be more patient," he said. "I am playing good defense, but I am not helping the team offensively at all."

Gonzalez has just one hit in 14 at-bats against left-handers, and is hitting .300/.364/.425 against right-handers. His lone homer was against Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey on Thursday. He'll miss right-hander Casey Coleman tonight, but he'll face right-hander Ryan Dempster if he's able to play tomorrow.

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