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Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez hopes to play Tuesday despite hand injury

CarGo's hand injury isn't related to the nagging issues he's had in the past.

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CarGo optimistic he'll play Tuesday |
X-rays on Carlos Gonzalez's injured left hand were negative, meaning the outfielder could be back in the lineup when the Rockies take on the Diamondbacks tonight at Coors Field.

Gonzalez, whose injury is being described as a "mild sprain," is experiencing soreness in a new place in the hand that has been banged up before. The two-time All-Star isn't worried about another trip to the disabled list, though, and seems to believe it's more possible than not that he'll be back in the lineup without missing any time.

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Paulsen enters Tuesday with a .312/.357/.580 (140 OPS+) line in 168 career trips to the plate. The Rockies have really limited his exposure against left-handed pitchers, though Paulsen has three home runs in 20 career PAs against them.

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