DENVER -- Help is on the way for the Rockies' offense.
Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with two singles during a doubleheader for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Gonzalez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflamed ligaments in his right wrist, will play nine innings in right field on Friday and is expected to return to the Rockies when they play the Nationals on Saturday.
"We want him to play some right field because that's the area he's been in the least," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Gonzalez originally injured the wrist on July 3 while running into the center-field wall after making a catch. He re-injured it after an awkward swing on July 21, sending him to the DL for the first time in his career.
In other injury news, first baseman Jason Giambi ran on the field and took batting practice before Friday's game, as he continues to recover from a strained left quadriceps that has had him on the 15-day DL since July 27.
"He's getting there," Tracy said. "I'll find out after [batting practice] today how that went and how we're going to progress with him moving forward."
Giambi, who was involved heavily in trade talks before his injury, has been a solid contributor for the Rockies this season. In a reserve and pinch-hitting role, he is hitting .260 (25-for-96) with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs.
Giambi will be eligible to return from the DL during the middle of the Rockies' upcoming road trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis.