NEW YORK (AP) – Carlos Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because the All-Star left fielder has seen little improvement in his sprained right middle finger.
The move was made Wednesday and is retroactive to Monday. To fill the roster spot, Jeff Francis was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He will work out of the bullpen.
Gonzalez has been bothered by the finger since hurting it during an at-bat July 7. He has started only one of Colorado’s five games this month.
Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies tried to avoid the move as long as they could, but Gonzalez has aggravated the injury several times swinging the bat.
Gonzalez leads the NL with a .591 slugging percentage and is second with 26 homers.
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