Gonzalez left the game against the Braves in the fifth inning Thursday with a sore right wrist after he fouled off a 1-1 pitch from Tommy Hanson. Gonzalez was taken to a Denver hospital for an MRI that revealed a strain. Depending how the wrist feels Friday in Phoenix, where the Rockies open a three-game series, Gonzalez could end up on the disabled list.
Gonzalez initially injured the wrist July 3 when he banged into the wall at Coors Field making a catch. He underwent an MRI that detected a deep bone bruise and received a cortisone injection. Gonzalez missed the first four games on the Rockies' road trip before the All-Star break. He then played July 8 but aggravated the wrist and made defensive appearances in the final two games before the break.
Gonzalez didn't play in the first two games after the break when the Rockies began an eight-game homestand. The Rockies ended that homestand 4-4 (they are 26-26 at Coors Field) after losing 9-6 to the Braves on Thursday.
Batting leadoff, Gonzalez hit his 15th homer of the season, and the Rockies scored three runs in the second. But Jhoulys Chacin was unable to hold a 4-0 lead. He issued a career-high seven walks and lasted just 4 2/3 innings.
The Rockies scored twice in the sixth to take a 6-5 lead, but Matt Reynolds was unable to hold it. The Braves roughed him up for a homer, a double and a triple during their four-run seventh.
Gonzalez went 1-for-10 in his first two games back after the All-Star break but seemed to have gotten rid of the rust. His wrist was feeling better, as evidenced by the fact he was 5-for-14 with two homers, five RBI and six runs in his past four games.
The Rockies are 21-26 on the road, which is acceptable given their wretched road history. The road mark would have them in good shape if they were playing as well as they usually do at Coors Field. But that hasn't happened, and the Rockies, not knowing when or if Gonzalez will be back in the lineup, are about to begin a nine-game, 10-day trip to Arizona, Los Angeles and San Diego.
At 47-52, the Rockies are 10 games behind the Giants in the NL West with 63 games to play, making this trip crucial.
"It's a long trip, we know that," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We've done decent on the road this year, but this is kind of make-or-break time. We have to stand up and get back in this thing or say we're done."
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