DENVER -- It looks as if Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez will finish the season as the most accomplished defensive replacement in recent memory.
Gonzalez originally was scheduled to visit Cleveland hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Thursday, but manager Walt Weiss said he went Wednesday. Gonzalez is leaning toward surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right middle finger, but Weiss said he doesn't expect the operation to occur until after the season. Because he can't hold he bat, Gonzalez, a two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, has been used as a late-inning defensive replacement and occasional pinch-runner.
"He will be back again for [Thursday], hopefully … same role, available but not to hit," Weiss said. "We'll probably wait until the season is over [for surgery]. That's not confirmed. That's probably the most likely scenario."
In other injury updates, third baseman Nolan Arenado, who left Monday's game with a sore and swollen right thumb and hasn't started the past two games, took infield practice before Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. The injury affects him most when he's hitting, so he was able to throw. But he is listed as day-to-day, as is catcher Wilin Rosario, who was removed from the past two games because of right calf soreness.
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