Carlos Gonzalez's return closer

Updated: July 7, 2011, 4:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy says outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is close to returning to the lineup but was held out Thursday for a fourth straight day with a right wrist contusion.

Gonzalez
Gonzalez

Tracy had no update on All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who's been out since Monday with a tight hamstring.

Gonzalez is available to pinch-hit, pinch-run or play in the field if necessary, but Tracy wants him to rest in hopes that he will be ready Friday when the Rockies visit Washington.

Gonzalez is hitting .345 with nine homers and 31 RBIs since May 16. He took batting practice Wednesday but not Thursday because of soreness.


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