Carlos Gonzalez escapes serious injury after being hit by pitch


Colorado Rockies fans got a scare during Wednesday’s contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Carlos Gonzalez was hit by a pitch in the hand, and forced from the contest; replaced by pinch hitter Stephen Cardullo.

Gonzalez was quickly whisked away for X-rays. Luckily, for both him and the Rockies, they came back negative. His pinky is only bruised.

“Negative is a good thing on this,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We’ll take negative. We’ve had too many positives on these type of X-rays over the last six weeks.”

Depending how his finger feels, Gonzalez may be in the lineup for the Rockies on Friday.

Speaking of being hit in the hand with a pitch, Ian Desmond began swinging a bat on Wednesday. He has yet to play this season after breaking a bone in his hand during Spring Training. Mark Reynolds has filled in admirably in his absence, leading some to question where Desmond will play when he returns.

“He’s going to play a lot of first base,” said Black. “We signed Ian knowing that his versatility was paramount. We look forward to that not only this year but in the coming years.”