Injured finger gives Gonzalez the night off

Injured finger gives Gonzalez the night off

MIAMI -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy has been looking for a chance to rest outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, his team's leader in home runs and RBIs. Gonzalez's discolored and swollen left index finger turned out to be the perfect opportunity.

The injury occurred on his third at-bat in Monday's 9-8 loss to the Marlins. Gonzalez didn't notice the injury at first, but he felt it after sliding into second on a steal attempt.

Switch-hitting Dexter Fowler, who was out of the lineup Monday, started in center, right-handed-hitting Ryan Spilborghs started in right and right-handed-hitting Melvin Mora started in left against Marlins lefty Nate Robertson.

It was a judicious time to rest the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez, who entered Tuesday's play 3-for-16 on the Rockies' road trip.