Colorado Rockies fans breathed a huge sigh of relief early on Sunday evening. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez(notes) was diagnosed with only a right wrist contusion after a violent head-on impact with the center-field wall during the team's embarrassing 16-8 loss to Kansas City Royals.
He'll be listed as day-to-day. Count me among those who thought month-to-month was a more likely prognosis.
The man known as CarGo made a terrific running catch on Brayan Pena's(notes) long drive in the seventh, then ran face and wrist first into a creased portion of the outfield wall where only a thin piece of padding covers a steel post. Immediately upon impact Gonzalez crumbled to the warning track in pain. Rockies trainer Keith Dugger left the dugout on a dead sprint as teammates began gathering at his side.
Moments earlier, Gonzalez had injected life into the 40,269 at Coors Field with an opposite-field three-run homer. Then they sat mostly silent as a wobbly Gonzalez was helped to his feet and eventually driven away on a cart. But not before Dugger appeared to put him through a prelimanary concussion test on the field, which he obviously passed.
The concern then turned to Gonzalez's wrist, which he had clearly favored throughout the entire on-field examination. Although all signs point to Gonzalez being in the lineup by week's end, it should be noted he suffered from tendinitis in the same wrist last season. Some believe his late-season power outage can be directly traced to that issue.
For the first six innings, Gonzalez was the lone bright spot for the Rockies, who have now dropped 11 straight Sunday games. He had already tied his career-high six RBIs — three on a bases-clearing double and then three more on the home run.
Who knows what kind of numbers he would have ended up with on a day when the Coors Field humidor was seemingly closed early for the Monday holiday.