Carlos Gonzalez’s fantasy owners have put up with less-than-expected production from the outfielder this season, and it appears they may now have to deal with not having the slugger at all for a while.
CarGo exited Tuesday’s game versus the Diamondbacks after five innings when he aggravated his left index finger injury. It’s an ailment that’s been bothering the 28-year-old for a month now, and after the contest he appeared more than a little discouraged.
"I really don’t know what to do now at this point," Gonzalez told the Denver Post. "It’s frustrating. This is the third time. I try to stay in there, but it gets to the point where I can’t grip a bat. It gets so big, I can’t fit into a batting glove."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss indicated that a trip to the disabled list for Gonzalez could be the next course of action, saying that the club is “at a point where we need to make a decision with him." That decision will likely come after the outfielder in re-evaluated Wednesday. With a bevy of other healthy and capable outfielders, it would make little sense for the Rockies to push CarGo at this point.
If Gonzalez did land on the disabled list, it would be the second season in a row that a finger injury sent him there, as he missed most of the last two months of 2013 with a sprained right middle finger. The Rockies can use an outfield of Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer while CarGo is on the shelf.
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Trout Aggravates Back Injury
Mike Trout missed two games over the weekend with a sore back, but some stem cell therapy on Monday’s off day got the outfielder feeling well enough to be back in action Tuesday.
His return lasted all of 1 ½ innings.
Trout was pulled after striking out in his lone at-bat in Tuesday’s loss to the Astros due to what is being called mid-back discomfort. As of now, the outfielder is “not too concerned,” but the Angels will perform some tests – X-rays being one of them – on Wednesday to see if they can get a better handle on the situation.
"It's made progress over the last two days,” Trout told the Orange County Register. “It's getting better, but I don’t want to push it too much where it gets worse. It's frustrating for me. I want to be out there, but on the other side I want to be fully healthy. I don’t want to risk anything."
While it’s nice to hear that Trout appears optimistic about avoiding a disabled list stint, we’ll just have to see how the tests come back. On the bright side for the Angels, Josh Hamilton made a triumphant return from the disabled list with a solo home run and a drive to center field that would have been a homer in most parks. Hamilton .433/.541/.800 with three homers over nine games during his injury-shortened campaign.
Butler on His Way to Bigs
The Rockies entered the season with arguably two of the top-10 pitching prospects in the game. One of them will be toeing a big league rubber for the first time on Friday.
While Jonathan Gray continues to hone his craft at Double-A Tulsa, Eddie Butler will be promoted to face the Dodgers on Friday in Denver. A former supplemental round pick in 2012, Butler has risen through the system quickly with a 2.05 ERA and 238/84 K/BB ratio over 286 professional innings. This year at Tulsa, the 23-year-old has put up a 2.49 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 40/19 K/BB ratio across 68 2/3 frames.
The 5.2 K/9 rate Butler accumulated at Tulsa this season has to be a bit concerning, as does the fact that he’ll be pitching his home games at Coors Field. However, he struck out nearly a batter per inning (8.6 K/9) last year in his lone full season, which included an 8.1 K/9 mark at the Double-A level. With a fastball that touches the upper-90s and a plus changeup and slider, Butler certainly possesses the repertoire to miss bats.
Just ask Xander Bogaerts, who was carved up by Butler in last year’s Futures Game.
Also helping Butler is the fact that he gets plenty of groundballs, which is obviously a key at Coors. He’s surrendered a mere 13 homers over his 286 pro innings. Butler will have a shot to stick in the rotation at least until Brett Anderson (finger) and/or Tyler Chatwood (elbow) return and, in all likelihood, is probably in the starting five for the long haul. Franklin Morales has been moved to the bullpen to make room in the rotation for Butler.
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