PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez forced a smile and summed up his year -- or, at least, his year thus far.
"Another stupid injury," he said. "That's how this game is. We'll wait for my reward."
Gonzalez's year of bumps and bruises continued when he was removed from Tuesday night's 6-2 victory over the Phillies in the bottom of the fifth inning because of a right calf contusion. The Rockies list him as day to day.
Gonzalez staggered from the batter's box after fouling a pitch off his right calf in the second inning. He completed the at-bat with a line drive to second base. Gonzalez grounded to second in the top of the fourth. That was his final at-bat before Corey Dickerson replaced him.
In the third inning, Gonzalez had to go to the left-field wall to catch Chase Utley's deep fly ball with the bases loaded and two out. The catch helped starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa complete his escape from a bases-loaded jam with no outs.
Even at that time, Gonzalez's calf was tightening. The Rockies could not risk it preventing him from reaching an important ball later in the game.
"It was a close game, and 'De La' was pitching very well," Gonzalez said. "I got a couple of opportunities to get fly balls, and I just barely got to those, especially that big fly ball with the bases loaded. That would have been ugly if that ball had ended up hitting the ground, so they ended up taking me out."
It is a different injury but more pain for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez had a flareup of tendinitis in his left knee in April and has had several games in which the knee bothered him. Additionally, Gonzalez missed a game earlier this month and three starts last week because of an injury to his left index finger.
Last year he was leading the Majors in home runs in July when he sustained ligament damage in his right middle finger, which at times kept him out of the lineup and at other times prevented him from hitting with power.
This year's various pains are at the root of a difficult season in which Gonzalez is hitting .264 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs.