Gonzalez has been battling a bruised left index finger since May 21st. It has finally reached the point where the Rockies are going to let him rest the finger for a couple of weeks to see if it helps. Gonzalez is hitting just .138 since the finger became problematic with one home run and two RBI.
Gonzalez is having a disappointing season, hitting just .255 overall with eight home runs and 31 RBI. Chris Dickerson will likely be his replacement in left. Dickerson is hitting .345 with seven homers and 16 RBI in just 87 at bats.
The Rockies are also going to place pitcher Jordan Lyles on the disabled list tomorrow. Lyles broke his hand trying to tag out Martin Prado at home plate after a wild pitch in the first inning. Prado was safe.
Lyles gutted it out for four innings, saying after the game that he “didn’t want to come out in the first and make the bullpen go a full nine”. Lyles finished his four frames giving up seven hits, a walk, and two runs while striking out three. He got a no decision.
Lyles had been a pleasant surprise for the Rockies so far this year, going 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Lyles will undergo an MRI tomorrow to check the severity of the injury, but it is very likely that he will miss at least a month.
This kind of long term injury could prompt the Rockies to call up top pitching prospect Jon Gray from AA Tulsa. Gray was the third pick in the draft last year. He is 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA in ten starts for the Drillers.