PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Gonzalez was back in the lineup on Wednesday after being scratched on Sunday and not playing on Tuesday because of a strained left knee.
Gonzalez batted third and played left field.
"They checked it out thoroughly, and he was out here [on Tuesday] taking [batting practice]," manager Jim Tracy said before Wednesday's game against the Phillies. "He felt fine. There was a part of me that was saying he probably wanted a piece of the action [on Tuesday], but our head trainer made the decision that one more day would be much more feasible, rather than to push it. He's ready to go."
Gonzalez's return to the lineup was certainly welcomed by the struggling Rockies, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games. Gonzalez leads Colorado with a .335 average, 17 home runs, 51 RBIs and nine stolen bases.