LOS ANGELES -- Injured Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is with the team and is being allowed to run and catch fly balls during batting practice, but he will give the sore ligaments in his right wrist four or five more days to heal before increasing to activities that involve holding the bat.
Gonzalez, who was injured Thursday while taking a swing and is on the 15-day disabled list, is feeling less pain in the ligaments and tendons but still has pain in the bone. Gonzalez suffered a deep bone bruise in the wrist in early July when he ran into the outfield wall to catch a fly ball. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger compared the injury to a kick in the shin -- it's felt for a long time.
Gonzalez also suffered an injury to the wrist area -- with pain from the wrist through the base of his thumb after fouling off a pitch -- last August on his way to winning the National League batting title.
In other injury news:
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon (broken left foot) was having the sutures removed from this surgically repaired foot on Monday. He is not being allowed to put weight on his foot for five more weeks, before a follow-up X-ray to determine how the pin that was inserted in the foot is working. He is moving around with a push cart and is doing bone stimulator treatments and range-of-motion exercises.
Catcher Jose Morales (on the 60-day disabled list with broken right thumb) could have the surgically inserted pins removed on Wednesday. Whether it's this week or next, after the pins are removed and the wound heals, he will be allowed to do grip strength exercises.