Gonzalez leaves Rockies to attend funeral

Gonzalez leaves Rockies to attend funeral

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be away from the club until Tuesday to attend the funeral of an uncle in Venezuela, manager Jim Tracy said Sunday morning before the finale of a three-game series with the Dodgers.

Gonzalez leads the team with 25 RBIs and is hitting .318 with three homers and has 18 RBIs in his past 11 games.

"He has an uncle that was more or less a father figure/mentor of his that passed and [Gonzalez] asked for permission to attend the funeral," Tracy said. "Obviously, it was granted when he described how much his uncle meant to him and what he represented as far as his life was concerned."

Tracy said he is not inclined to play Gonzalez on Tuesday at home against the Phillies, because he will have just traveled from Venezuela. Tracy said the Rockies have been in contact with Major League Baseball to see if they can temporarily replace Gonzalez on the 25-man active roster.