Update, 9:44 p.m. MT: Sigh of relief. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post tweeted that Carlos González has a bruised right hand. The x-rays were negative, so there doesn’t appear to be a break. The Rockies are off tomorrow, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see CarGo get an extra day or two to heal.
Carlos González exited Wednesday night’s Rockies’ game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch. An up and in fastball from Clayton Kershaw caught CarGo on his right hand. He immediately went down in pain. Bud Black and a trainer went to check on him, and it didn’t take them very long to decide to remove him. It looked like the ball caught a finger on CarGo’s right hand—possibly his pinkie finger. Because of where CarGo was hit, he’ll likely get an x-ray to determine the extent of the injury.
CarGo has gotten off to a rough start so far in 2017. He’s hitting just .170/.203/.304 in 59 plate appearances. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s started slowly. But because CarGo is older now, his start has generated some justifiably worry about his performance. Despite it all, losing González in the lineup would be a blow to a team that has already suffered a bunch of injuries so far this season. If CarGo does have to miss time, the Rockies will probably call Raimel Tapia back up to take fill his spot in the outfield.
CarGo missed a lot of time due to injury from 2011 to 2014. He didn’t play more than 135 games in any of those seasons. But CarGo hasn’t been on the disabled list in the past two seasons, which was an unprecedented run of health for his career. They are the only two seasons in which he played 150 games or more.
We’ll update this post as more information is available.