Ailing hamstring keeps CarGo out of Rockies' lineup

Ailing hamstring keeps CarGo out of Rockies' lineup

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched from the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Giants after testing his sore left hamstring during the afternoon.

Gonzalez didn't start Monday night but grounded out -- and didn't look good running down the first-base line -- in the ninth inning. The lingering soreness and the brisk weather in San Francisco led to the decision not to start him Tuesday.

"I ran and it didn't go well, so that's why they took me out," said Gonzalez, hitting .307 with 22 home runs and a team-high 85 RBIs in 131 games. "If I'm not 100 percent, they don't want me to play. I'm like 60-65 percent. Being here doesn't help because of the weather."

Gonzalez said the hamstring should heal in time for him to play before the end of the season.

Also, the Rockies gave rookie second baseman Josh Rutledge the night off Tuesday to rest a sore left quadriceps. Rutledge labored while running out his RBI triple in Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Giants.