Fowler, CarGo resting for opener vs. Cubs

Fowler, CarGo resting for opener vs. Cubs

DENVER -- Two of the few remaining Rockies who were in the Opening Day lineup and are still on the active roster both began Tuesday's series opener with the Cubs on the bench.

Center fielder Dexter Fowler (tendinitis in his right wrist) and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (tight left hamstring) have been part of a dynamic top of the order for the Rockies, hitting .300 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs and .303 with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs respectively.

"There's a chance Dexter Fowler could be available," manager Jim Tracy said. "Obviously you saw last night he was available to play defense. There is the possibility that he could be available for us to do some things off the bench. What I don't know about is how extensive his opportunity would be to pinch-hit for us left-handed."

Gonzalez's Monday MRI came back revealing no structural damage, but he remains day to day and as the left fielder put it, not good enough to play. Tracy said he does not want to see Gonzalez have to beat out another double-play grounder as he did on Sunday.

"No. 1, you think about your teammates," Tracy said of the difficulty in asking CarGo to play less than at full speed. "And No. 2, these fans here that are so very special to us and continue to be special to us -- good, bad, or otherwise as far as how we're doing. The support they show us, I think that thought goes through your mind too, and not feeling like you want to let them down either, or give them the impression that 'hey, I'm not putting forth my best effort.' When you're making the decision to send him up there, you're also mindful of that."