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Thursday Rockpile: Carlos Gonzalez possibly headed to DL, Brad Hawpe's health better than expected

The Rockies will go for their first sweep of the season later this afternoon against the Mets, but look like they will have to accomplish this without the services of starting left fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the entire series. The slow recovery of Gonzalez' strained hamstring has the team considering putting him on the disabled list according to the Denver Post. Meanwhile, Brad Hawpe appears healthier than expected after injuring his leg on Tuesday night. Other notes include Troy Tulowitzki's keen sense of marketing himself to the tween and younger set, and updates on Jeff Francis and the future of Esmil Rogers.

Tulowitzki's statement that he's hitting well, so he doesn't want to change anything is at odds with a .212/.278/.273 line, and that he still has more K's (8) than hits (7) in the early going, so perhaps that he thinks this is a good April is a sign about how miserable the two previous installments of the month have been.

Beyond the Boxscore's power rankings have the Rockies as the third best team in the majors at the moment, with the Dodgers and D-backs also cracking the top ten. The conspiracy against San Francisco continues to pay off, with the Giants dropping to 13th. 

Today's a Jorge De La Rosa day, be sure your employer is in compliance.