DENVER -- As Rockies manager Jim Tracy left Coors Field on Monday night, he was doubtful that Tuesday night's lineup would include left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was in the final stages of recovery from a case of strep throat that had kept him out of the lineup since Friday. "We talked about it last night, how I wanted to be in there, so they were waiting on my call in the morning," Gonzalez said. "So I called and told him I was ready to play. "I was getting better day by day. I can't wait to get on the field and be ready to play."
Gonzalez returned to his customary No. 3 position in the order against the Padres and right-handed starter Anthony Bass. Tracy said, "He was available to do some things last night, but we stayed away from it. We wanted him to be feeling 100 percent rather than just 85 or 70 or 75, then run him back into the ground."