CarGo scratched from minor league rehab game, may be done for year
Continued problems with his sprained finger may end Carlos Gonzalez's season.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from his scheduled Triple-A rehab game on Monday, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Rafael Rojas of MLB.com hears CarGo's hand was so swollen he couldn't even close it, and that his season may be over.
Gonzalez, 27, has been on the DL with a sprained right middle finger since early August. He'd been trying to play through the injury for about a month before finally being forced to the sidelines. Gonzalez played in two Triple-A rehab games before being unable to play Monday.
In 103 games before the injury, CarGo hit .302/.367/.591 (145 OPS+) with 26 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He still leads the NL in slugging percentage and OPS. The finger injury forced him to bow out of the Home Run Derby in mid July.
The Rockies came into Monday in third place in the NL West at 65-73, which had them 11.5 games back of a playoff spot. Shutting Gonzalez down for the season and making sure he's 100-percent for 2014 would be a wise move.