Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Cubs, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Gonzalez will retreat to the bench for Tuesday's decisive game as the Rockies deploy mostly right-handed hitters against southpaw Jon Lester. Veteran Matt Holliday will pick up a start in the outfield in place of Gonzalez, who will be available off the bench.
Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Saturday against the Nationals. Gonzalez took Stephen Strasburg deep in the second inning to record his 16th homer of the season. It was his first long ball since Aug. 28 and only his fifth since the All-Star break. While the 32-year-old has posted a respectable .279/.331/.473 slash line across 492 plate appearances, he is past his prime, especially now that he is no longer an everyday player.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Gonzalez will sit for a fourth straight game and the sixth time in seven contests. There has been no word of any injury, so it appears the Rockies are simply looking elsewhere amidst the veteran outfielder's struggles (.128/.180/.213 across 13 games in September). David Dahl and Gerardo Parra will cover the corner outfield spots in this one.
Gonzalez is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Gonzalez is hitting just .128/.180/.213 through 13 games in September, so he'll stick on the bench for the fifth time in the last six games. David Dahl will cover right field in his absence, with Gerardo Parra getting the nod in left.
Gonzalez is not starting Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez finds himself on the bench for the fourth time in five games. David Dahl will slide over to right field in his absence, with Gerardo Parra starting in left.