Scottsdale, Ariz. — The Colorado Rockies are officially underway with another spring training from Scottsdale, Arizona, after losing 6-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. Despite knocking three hits in the first inning, the Rockies managed just three more the rest of the game. But, as Carlos Gonzalez was quick to point out, that's not really important right now.
"I don't really pay too much attention to results," Gonzalez said in the clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, analyzing his own 1-for-2 day before he was lifted midway through the game.
"I feel like I saw the ball well. I got a hit and then a fly ball deep to left, but you know it's not about that, it's just about feeling good and seeing pitches and executing."
CarGo's main concern, unsurprisingly, is his health — but for now, it's all good on that front.
"I can't complain," he said. "My body feels good, and for me that's the key, I just want to continue to play and stay healthy, and be on the field."
In 2015, Gonzalez logged 153 games for the Rockies, a career high. Prior to that, he had only appeared in 180 games the previous two summers combined, and those long stretches away from baseball made him appreciate health and the opportunities therein that much more.
"That's my major key, whenever I'm out there I know I'm going to have a lot of opportunities to help the club and to put up numbers," Gonzalez said. "I just want to see pitches, feel good, run around, and have the feeling back."
One day up, one day down, and CarGo has that feeling back. From what he said on Wednesday, it sounds like that feeling will be back on Thursday, too, and many more times after that in March.
"Whenever there's an opportunity, I want to play," he said. "I'm playing tomorrow, too, and then probably resting on Friday. Trying to get as many at-bats as I can, and thinking about Opening Day. It's a long season, so I've just got to get ready."