A day after the Rockies showed Clayton Kershaw he was human, tacking .15 digits to his ERA with the five earned runs, the team will welcome Ricky Nolasco and his 2.20 ERA to Coors. In this, the second game of the three game series, the team will also welcome back Dexter Fowler to the lineup. His leg seems to be much better and he is ready to hit the wide expanse of the outfield.
There will be one player on the Dodger’s roster not roaming anything tonight, and that would be Yasiel Puig. Puig injured his knee after “sliding” into third base last night. Puig has spent more time on the bench nursing injuries at Coors than on the field. The last time the Dodgers were in town, back in July, Puig ran into the outfield wall and sat out most of the series then as well. Perhaps he can blame it on the “Coors Effect”, or just plain cluelessness of fundamentals.
In some bad news for the Rockies, Carlos Gonzales is notably missing from the lineup. It was reported that he would most likely join the team for Monday’s game, and when he went missing from the Labor day lineup, it was thought that he would join the Tuesday hitfest. But, it is being reported that he woke up Monday morning with his middle finger swollen. He played Saturday and Sunday for Colorado Springs. His publicist said that he feared this setback points to the need for surgery, but head trainer Keith Dugger nixed that idea. Dugger said that surgery isn’t (and hasn’t been) a possibility.
Troy Renck is reporting that:
CarGo is (listed on the lineup card and) available to play defense and run bases tonight. Might be able to hit tomorrow. He is not being shutdown at this point…(he) has changed grip on bat. Finger no longer on knob. It’s an adjustment. He made it clear does not want to be shut down yet.
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