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Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez looks to return to lineup soon

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The Rockies right fielder left Sunday's game with a hand sprain and has played just an inning of defense since.

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CarGo: Hand sprain 'nothing major' | rockies.com
Dargan Southard has a report on Carlos Gonzalez and his return from his hand sprain, which the Rockies outfielder terms as mild, saying he hopes to return to the lineup soon, perhaps as soon as today.

Carlos Gonzalez takes first swings with his recovering hand for Rockies - The Denver Post
Nick Groke has a story on Gonzalez taking batting practice Wednesday before the Rockies' 8-7 loss to Arizona, a session that was cut short by rain.

Axford suffers first blown save with Rockies | rockies.com
Southard also has a story on Rockies closer John Axford blowing his first save in exactly a year in the team's 8-7 loss to Arizona. Axford's last blown save came on June 24, 2014 against the same Diamondbacks team that beat him last night.

Troy Tulowitzki 3rd, Nolan Arenado 4th in latest NL All-Star vote - The Denver Post
The Denver Post's Joe Nguyen has an update on the latest results from NL All-Star balloting, which sees Troy Tulowitzki third in the voting among shortstops and Nolan Arenado fourth among third basemen.

Blogpile

Isotopes Connection | Rockies Zingers
J.J. Buck has a piece for Rockies Zingers on the team's new Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, including a report on some standout players for the Isotopes as well as a few that have come to Colorado and produced this season.

Brown, Dickerson's Injuries Troubling The Colorado Rockies - Rox Pile
For Rox Pile, Bobby DeMuro looks at the returns to the disabled list for outfielder Corey Dickerson and pitcher Brooks Brown, seeing them as a cause for concern.

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