DENVER -- With outfielder Carlos Gonzalez making his return from left index finger surgery on Friday, Rockies manager Walt Weiss will be getting "a very dangerous bat" back in the middle of his lineup.
Gonzalez batted third and played right field against the Twins after the Rockies optioned right-hander Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A and activated the two-time All-Star on Friday. Weiss expects to see a more confident Gonzalez this time around now that he doesn't have to deal with any swelling in his finger after having a benign tumor removed from it on June 10.
"I think he's got some peace of mind with that finger," Weiss said. "First couple months, that finger was blowing up, sometimes for no rhyme or reason."
Being out since June 4 also allowed Gonzalez to make progress on another injury front.
"The time off has certainly helped his knee [tendinitis]," Weiss said. "That's been something that's hindered him from time-to-time over the last couple of years."
Gonzalez made 48 starts in left field before being placed on the DL, but Weiss confirmed that he'll now be the starting right fielder "for the foreseeable future." Gonzalez's move to the opposite corner stems from Weiss' desire to keep Corey Dickerson's bat in the lineup.
Dickerson was batting .327 with 37 runs but remained out of the lineup Friday as he works his way back from a wrist injury.
Dickerson was feeling "much better" after spraining his wrist on a diving attempt during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Padres. Weiss said Dickerson has made "a lot of improvement" after getting the past two days off and will be available to pinch-hit Friday with Drew Stubbs getting the start against a left-hander.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less