When Carlos González left Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was a safe bet that the Rockies outfielder had suffered some kind of injury. While he had had made a spectacular 5-star catch an inning earlier it appeared that he may have injured himself in the process. According to Nick Groke of The Athletic, Bud Black disclosed after the game that González was suffering from a strained right hamstring.
With the Rockies off tomorrow they’ll have an extra day to evaluate whether or not González will need to land on the disabled list. Unfortunately, the likelihood of them being able to keep him off of it like they did Charlie Blackmon last week will be greatly reduced by the fact that they will be missing Gerardo Parra as well at some point in the near future once the appeal of his four-game suspension for punching AJ Ellis is resolved. When Parra does serve his suspension, the Rockies will not be able to replace him on the roster, so having a second position player unable to play will be extremely difficult and may force the Rockies to place González on the disabled list even if he’s still day-to-day with the injury.
González has had another slow start for the Rockies this season and was hitting .235/.264/.426 at the time of his injury. While he has hit a few of his trademark majestic home runs, he’s been unable to reach base consistently and has been part of the Rockies offensive struggles this season.