Gonzalez could return to lineup on Saturday

Gonzalez could return to lineup on Saturday

DENVER -- Compared to the uphill climb teammate Troy Tulowitzki has to return from injury, Carlos Gonzalez has got it made.

Gonzalez, the Rockies' everyday center fielder, left Thursday's 5-1 win against the Twins with a bruised left knee and was said to be day-to-day.

"It's still sore, and it hurts when I twist my foot when I hit," Gonzalez said. "Tomorrow, I'm going to come here early and see how I feel."

He was not in Friday's starting lineup against the Brewers but manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez could make his way back into play by Saturday.

Gonzalez, a potential All-Star (.295, 10 homers, 42 RBIs), has provided a serious spark from the top of the lineup this season. On Friday, Ryan Spilborghs replaced him in center field.

"This guy can play any one of the three outfield positions well," Tracy said of Spilborghs. "I do not compromise my players. I will expect Ryan Spilborghs to be Ryan Spilborghs, not Carlos Gonzalez."