DENVER -- The Rockies were planning on sending Carlos Gonzalez (left index finger inflammation) out to begin his rehab assignment on Monday following another batting-practice session Sunday at Coors Field.
As it turns out, the team had trouble securing a Monday flight to Round Rock, Texas, for Gonzalez to join Triple-A Colorado Springs for a four-game road series. So, the Rockies decided to just send him out a day early.
"He'll do all pregame activities, and if [Gonzalez] checks out fine, then he's a go," Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said.
The advance flight also allows Gonzalez to get some rest in before beginning what is expected to be a short rehab assignment. The Rockies want Gonzalez back at the Major League level for a few games before the All-Star break.
With Thursday being an off-day for the Rockies before their last series of the first half against Minnesota, it seems like Gonzalez is destined for three games with Colorado Springs.
Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since June 5 and underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from his left index finger June 10. He is batting .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 52 games.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.