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Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:26 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 11:55 pm

CarGo still in pain, but unlikely to hit DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos GonzalezRockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez isn't ready to play yet, but it doesn't appear he will go on the disabled list.

Gonzalez skipped the team's batting practice before Thursday's game against the Brewers but did hit off a tee.

"My wrist doesn't hurt when I'm just standing here, but it hurts when I put weight on it or swing the bat," Gonzalez told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez is still day-to-day, but he doesn't want to rush Gonzalez or have him worried about his wrist.

"We want him to be to a place where CarGo is playing free and easy," Tracy told the newspaper.

Gonzalez had an MRI on Monday, and it showed no break. He did, however, receive a cortisone shot. Gonzalez left a game against the Royals on July 3 after running into the wall making a catch. See it here:

Gonzaelz has played in three games since the injury, twice as a defensive replacement. He went 0 for 4 in his only game since the injury, Friday against Washington. He entered the games on Saturday and Sunday but didn't make a plate appearance. 

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:07 pm

On Deck: Marcum/Cueto battle, Gonzalez hurt

On Deck

By Evan Brunell

RedsBrewersBEST MATCHUP: There's a real nice game brewing in Milwaukee, with Johnny Cueto's breakout season going up against the stingy Shaun Marcum. While Cueto had an extended stint on the disabled list earlier this season, he's been nothing but incredible when on the mound, as his pristine 1.77 ERA in 11 starts indicates, with two complete games. The 25-year-old could finally be putting it all together. Meanwhile, Marcum has done all he can to keep the Brewers in contention despite an offense missing depth -- in addition to a brutal defense. Marcum has a solid 3.32 ERA and needs to win to avoid the potential eye-popping occurrence of the Pirates being tied for first place this late into the year. The Cardinals are also just a game behind while Cincy is trying to scrape itself out of a 44-46 hole that has them in fourth. Reds vs. Brewers, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GonzalezGONZALEZ DINGED: The Rockies will not have Carlos Gonzalez as he will sit out Saturday's game -- and possibly Sunday's -- with a sore right wrist, as the Denver Post reports. His wrist was originally injured this past Sunday and Friday was his first day back. The wrist started hurting when he turned on an inside fastball in Friday's game, and the pain hasn't dissipated. On Saturday, the Rockies will toss Ubaldo Jimenez against Jason Marquis. Despite similar ERAs and team records, Jimenez's record sits at 3-8 while the Nationals' hurler is 7-3. With a win and a Mets loss, Washington could move to within a half-game of third place while Colorado is in the midst of a losing streak that has them in danger of slipping to fourth place. Rockies vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

CarpenterHOT CARPENTER: Chris Carpenter stepped up during the absence of Albert Pujols and has pitched like the Carpenter we've become used to, allowing just two runs over his last three starts which comprise 24 innings. On Saturday, he'll go after Arizona, a team he last faced on April 12, surrendering eight runs in just four innings in what was easily his worst start of the year. For Arizona's part, it could possibly be one of the final games for either Juan Miranda or Xavier Nady, as GM Kevin Towers appears to be leaning toward making a move at first base, as the Arizona Republic reports. Unhappy with their production at first base, Brandon Allen or Paul Goldschmidt could get the call from the farm after the All-Star break. Daniel Hudson will oppose Carpenter. Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:06 pm

Introducing your 2011 NL West All-Star team

By Evan Brunell

2011 All-Star Game
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For a number of years, the NL West has been fairly balanced. Every team except the Rockies has a division title in the past five years, and the Rockies advanced to the World Series as a wild-card team back in 2007. That balance is clearly seen in the representatives of the NL West All-Star team, which you can see below.

MonteroC Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: Poor Buster Posey. He had this on lockdown until... well, no need to rehash it, but he's out for the year. Montero's a great consolation prize. He has ripped 10 home runs and has a .275/.346/.468 mark. Montero was actually in a close race with Chris Iannetta of Colorado for this gig, but Montero outstrips Iannetta in caught stealing, nabbing 12 of 37 baserunners.

Helton1B Todd Helton, Rockies: It's quite the renaissance year for the aging first baseman who was once known for his ability to hit for average and power while drawing walks. Now, it's just average and home-run power, but it's plenty enough to outpace any other first baseman in the division -- although, with all due respect to Helton, that says much more about first basemen in the division than it does Helton. Anyway, he's cranking to the tune of a .315/.394/.481 mark, with much of his power coming from an affinity for doubles.

No. Name Team Pos
1 Chase Headley SD 3B
2 Justin Upton ARI RF
3 Troy Tulowitzki COL SS
4 Matt Kemp LAD DH
5 Chris Young ARI CF
6 Carlos Gonzalez COL LF
7 Miguel Montero ARI C
8 Todd Helton COL 1B
9 Kelly Johnson ARI 2B
Johnson2B Kelly Johnson, Diamondbacks: What, you'd prefer Aaron Miles? In a case of having to take the best option, Johnson edges Miles despite the latter hitting .320 and Johnson a meager .217. So why does Johnson get the edge? Because he's a better fielder and boasts more power, and he has also swiped eight bases to Miles' three. That's how someone hitting .217/.298/.431 can post a higher Wins Above Replacement mark (1.5) than Miles at .320/.339/.377, who has a 1.0 WAR. (It should be noted that Johnson has about 100 more plate appearances, but even adding those 100 PA would probably not be enough to bump Johnson.)

Headley3B Chase Headley, Padres: Not usually a name you see at the top of leaderboards, but Headley is enjoying a career year -- and is taking advantage of injuries to notable third basemen in the game to put his name in the conversation. Due to playing in cavernous Petco Park, his slugging percentage this season is a meager .404, but it's an impressive .465 on the road. His value comes from taking a walk, which is why he leads off this All-Star team despite just eight stolen bases. He boasts a .302 batting average along with a .392 OBP. If Pablo Sandoval hadn't missed so much time due to injury, he probably would have claimed this spot.

TulowitzkiSS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: What is there left to say about Tulo, who right now can lay claim to being the best shortstop in the game? While he hasn't performed up to snuff compared to his last two seasons, he's still plenty valuable and easily the best shortstop in the division, hitting to the tune of a .271/.339/.495 line and 37 extra bases. Oh, and he can pick it on defense.

GonzalezLF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: CarGo hasn't hit as well as his awe-inspiring 2010, but he can be forgiven for that as he set impossibly high standards. Colorado will take a .296/.363/.497 line, and so will we to honor him with the left-field starting job on the NL West All-Star team. He still has a remarkable home/away split, but no other left fielder truly threatened for this spot.

YoungCF Chris Young, Diamondbacks: Let's get this out of the way first. For those wondering where Matt Kemp is, hold your horses. We'll get to him in a minute. Young snags the center field job thanks to his strong defense and a power display that we haven't seen from him since 2007, when he slammed 32 home runs. He has exactly half that total (16) in 88 games so far, so he stands a shot of cracking the 30 HR barrier. He's currently hitting .255/.324/.478.

UptonRF Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: Anyone else think Kevin Towers is relieved he didn't trade the 23-year-old in the offseason? Upton's walk rate is less than last season but not out of whack with the league, and he is striking out much less. That increased contact has lifted his batting average to .295 (.377 OBP, .502 slugging percentage), the second-highest of his career. (He hit .300 in 2009.) He's hammered 14 homers on the year, just three off his 2010 total.

KempDH Matt Kemp, Dodgers: And here Kemp is, occupying the DH spot. Yes, the DH doesn't exist in the NL West, but regardless of what team, league or stadium holds the All-Star Game, the DH is used. So there. Kemp earns this spot with a season that's already given him a 20 HR, 20 SB season -- and with three more home runs, he'll reach 25/25. So yeah, he'll definitely hit 30/30 this year, and 40/40 is not out of the question if he hits a hot streak. He DH's with a .324/.408/.603 line because the dude simply cannot field and needs to be moved to left soon.

KershawSP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in the entire game, never mind one of the best lefties or youngsters. One of the best, period. The 23-year-old has already tossed 122 2/3 innings on the season and posted a 3.23 ERA. That ERA would actually be the highest of his full seasons in the majors. But his third year actually boasts stronger peripherals, leading to a 2.66 xFIP that is currently a career best. He has punched out 138 and walked just 33.

RomoRP Sergio Romo, Giants: Romo or Mike Adams was a very, very difficult choice to make. So why did Romo get the spot over Adams? Simple: K/BB numbers. Romo has punched out 12.87 batters per nine innings and walked 1.26, good enough for a 2.20 ERA and 1.65 xFIP in 28 2/3 innings. Adams actually beats the ERA (1.35) and innings-pitched (40), but his K.9 is 9.23 and BB/9 at 1.13, with an xFIP of 2.59.

BellCL Health Bell, Padres: Bell won't be a Padre for much longer, I'm guessing, so better get him on here while we still can. He has had quite an impressive career so far as a closer, and this year is no exception. He has 26 saves, but his strikeout numbers are way down and would actually be a career-worst. Who knows why, but he's not having trouble getting by as his 2.55 ERA and 3.78 xFIP indicate.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 9:17 am

Fowler's stay in Triple-A may be extended

Dexter Fowler

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dexter Fowler's Triple-A rehab stint could turn into a demotion, Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post writes

The Rockies have told Fowler he may be staying in Triple-A when his rehab assignment is done later this week to work on his swing.

"We told Dexter that there was the possibility that once the 72-hour rehab is up there are no guaranteed that you'll go from rehab right to recall," Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Armstrong. "He's aware of that. There are some things that obviously all of us have had a lot of discussions about … There are some things that obviously have to be ironed out."

With Fowler on the DL because of a left abdominal strain, rookie Charlie Blackmon (right) has taken over left field and Carlos Gonzalez has been shifted to center. In his eight games, Blackmon, the Rockies' second-round pick in 2008, is hitting .290/.290/.323 in eight games since being called up, he's also stolen four bases without being caught.

Fowler was struggling this season, hitting .238/.340/.348 in 247 plate appearances and had been caught stealing six times in eight attempts. He went hitless in four at-bats Tuesday for Triple-A Colorado Springs. 

Fowler is one of those incredible athletes who's fun to watch, but his speed has yet to be turned into an offensive weapon. He has a total of 42 stolen bases in his three seasons as a regular and a success rate of 64 percent.  

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:54 pm

On Deck: Jeter's big homestand


By Matt Snyder

Jeter Watch: Derek Jeter has entered the home stretch in his quest to reach 3,000 hits, and he now has a 10-game homestand where he could possibly make it. But he'll have to pick up the pace. He needs 14 hits to reach the plateau. He's averaging 1.09 hits per game so far this season, so that would give him about 11 hits during the homestand. Tuesday night, there's much more going on for the Yankees than Jeter, as the Red Sox come to town. The battle is as it always should be in the minds of many fans from the northeast: For first place in the AL East. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by one game. Taking the hill for the Red Sox is Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94). Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) will go for the Yankees. As for the Jeter watch, he's faced Lester 41 times in his career, gathering 12 hits in 38 at-bats (.316) while striking out nine times. Boston at New York (AL), 7:05 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Homecoming: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla and manager Fredi Gonzalez are returning to Sun Life Stadium for the first time in an opposing uniform. Uggla's return is the much bigger deal, as he manned second base for the past five seasons for the Marlins. He racked up 154 home runs, 465 RBI, 499 runs, 170 doubles and two All-Star appearances during that time and was one of the premier power-hitting second basemen in baseball. This season for the Braves, well, things haven't quite gone as planned. Uggla is hitting .172 with a .552 OPS. Coming off the best season of his career, he's compiling his worst stats, and it's not even close. The homecomings coincide with a series that is important for both the Braves and Marlins. Each are trailing the Phillies by four games in the NL East. The Marlins have lost five straight, and the Braves have dropped four of six. Tommy Hanson (6-4, 2.82) takes the mound for the Braves, and the Marlins send 21-year-old Brad Hand for his major-league debut. He was 7-1 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in Double-A. Atlanta at Florida, 7:10 p.m. ET. WATCH LIVE SCORING

Moving CarGo: For the second straight game -- and only the second time all season -- the Rockies will send Carlos Gonzalez out to center field and also bat him leadoff. The move to center comes because of Dexter Fowler's injury, but Ryan Spilborghs could have been an option, too. Moving CarGo to leadoff seems designed to do whatever it takes to jumpstart him and the Rockies' offense. There's obviously no correlation between playing a different position and better production at the plate, but Jim Tracy is trying any kind of mix to get Gonzalez on track. After an MVP-caliber season, Gonzalez is hitting .249 with a .728 OPS. Last season, those figures ended at .336 and .974. The experiment didn't work Monday night. Gonzalez went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Tuesday, he'll give it another go in San Diego. The Padres send Tim Stauffer (1-4, 3.99) to the mound to face off against Ubaldo Jimenez (1-5, 4.98). Of note there: Jimenez had been terrible until a shutout last time out. Colorado at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:39 am
Edited on: May 20, 2011 1:43 am

Injuries abound on Thursday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos GonzalezPlenty of injury news from Thursday night, here's a quick rundown:

• The Phillies are expected to put both Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino on the disabled list on Friday. Blanton was scratched from his start with elbow soreness. Victorino has been struggling with a hamstring injury since Saturday. He didn't play against until Wednesday when he was used as a pinch-hitter.

• In that same game, the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez left with tightness in his left groin, but manager Jim Tracy said it wasn't serious and Gonzalez could be ready to play Friday in Milwaukee.

• The Rockies' Todd Helton sat out Thursday's game with a sore lower back, but his replacement, Jason Giambi, hit three homers and drove in seven. 

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left after six innings with stiffness in his neck. Beckett downplayed it later, but he wanted to be cautious because the team already has starters John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list. He is scheduled to start again Tuesday in Cleveland.

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left the team's game against the Padres after a fifth-inning popup with left shoulder soreness. He told reporters after the game that he didn't think it was serious, but didn't know if he'd be available for Friday's game.

• As for the Cardinals outfield -- Colby Rasmus was back in the lineup Thursday and Matt Holliday (quad) told reporters he thought he should be available for Friday, even if it's just to DH. However, Lance Berkman (wrist) will not be available, but shouldn't need a trip to the disabled list.

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Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:16 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 6:10 am

CarGo out in Philly

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos GonzalezCarlos Gonzalez, whose left groin had been bothering him going into Thursday's game with the Phillies, was pulled in third inning of the game at Citizen's Bank Park with a strained groin.

Gonzalez left the game after running to get Carlos Ruiz's bloop single in the Phillies' half of the third. He doubled in the top of the inning.

Gonzalez is struggling this season, hitting just .245/.324/.404.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:54 am

3 up, 3 down: Believe in 'The Hopper'

By Matt Snyder

First things first, big ups to the Cleveland Indians for scoring 19 runs in a game. That's quire impressive. You won't find them included here, because I wanted to spread the love a bit.

Burke Badenhop, Marlins. The unheralded -- yet effective -- middle reliever put himself in the spotlight late Monday night with a bat in his hands. After throwin a scoreless 10th inning, Badenhop was left in to bat with runners on first and second (backup shortstop Ozzie Martinez was available to pinch hit, too). He swung at ball three with a 2-1 count, but worked the count full. On the payoff pitch, Badenhop laced a single to center that plated Mike Stanton for the go-ahead run. The Marlins would hold on, 2-1, despite fellow pitcher Jonathon Niese tripling in the bottom half of the 11th. Needless to say, it was quite the wacky night at Citi Field -- but the end result was the Marlins moving to within a game of the Phillies in the NL East.

Colby Lewis, Rangers. The White Sox were returning home after a successful road trip that saw them win six of their last eight. Manager Ozzie Guillen promised the fans his team would make it up to the fans for having not had home success earlier in the season. Lewis had other ideas, as he spun his first career shutout. He only allowed five hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Rockies' offense. The Rox entered Monday night 9-16 since their 11-2 start. They hadn't won a series since April 26 and were 3-9 in their last 12. And they were facing Tim Lincecum. After being shut down for four innings by Lincecum, the Rockies' bats woke up in a big way. Carlos Gonzalez came through with the big blow -- a three-run home run that drove Lincecum from the game. The final line for the two-time Cy Young winner was: 5 2/3 innings, nine hits, six walks, two home runs (Seth Smith with the other) and seven runs (only three earned). That's gotta build some confidence in the Rockies' clubhouse and could possibly get them right back on track.

Joaquin Benoit, Tigers. Max Scherzer was brilliant again for the Tigers, working seven solid innings against a hot Blue Jays offense and lowering his ERA to 2.81. The game was tied at one entering the eighth, but Benoit pitched the Tigers right out of the game by allowing three runs on four hits. That means he's given up 16 hits and 12 earned runs in his past six outings -- spanning just five innings.

The New York Yankees. With all the soap opera stuff involving Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Rafael Soriano and the entire front office, it's getting to be a bit much. Oh, and the Yanks have now lost six games in a row for the first time under Joe Girardi. Monday night, they built a 5-1 lead off Rays' ace David Price only to blow it and lose 6-5. They're now in a virtual tie with the Red Sox and Blue Jays and closer to last place than first.

Orioles' bullpen. Chris Tillman left with a 6-0 lead, but over the following four innings, the Orioles would unsuccessfully use six relievers. Mike Gonzalez gave up four runs (though only one was earned). Jeremy Accardo was charged with two hits and one earned run. Clay Rapada got an out, but walked the only other batter he faced. Jim Johnson allowed three hits and a run in his inning of work. Koji Uehara allowed a hit and walk in his inning, though he did get through it with a zero on the scoreboard. Last, and certainly least, closer Kevin Gregg coughed up the game in the ninth when he walked Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia before Adrian Gonzalez's walk-off two-RBI double.

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