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Arenado, CarGo making progress

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DENVER -- The fickle fingers of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and third baseman Nolan Arenado are beginning to point toward a return to the lineup.

Arenado, who suffered a broken left middle finger on May 23, said Monday he has been cleared to grip a bat, but not yet swing it. Still, it shows the strengthening exercises he is undergoing are making an impact.

Gonzalez, who underwent surgery June 10 to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger, had 17 stitches taken out of the hand on Sunday. Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said three or four stitches were left at the crease between the thumb and index finger, and those will be taken out "in the next day or two."

After that, Gonzalez can begin working toward a return.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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