Jul 22, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT
The Rockies called up Eric Young Jr. to replace him Friday.
An MRI Thursday detected inflamed ligaments in the wrist, and though Gonzalez had mostly been able to play through the soreness since injuring the wrist running into an outfield wall on July 3, the decision was made to try to get him healthy now.
With the Rockies having fallen 10 games back of the Giants in the NL West, this seems like a good of time as any to raise the white flag. Gonzalez had been the team’s best player over the last three months, having hit .312 with 14 homers and 50 runs scored in 250 at-bats since the end of April. Now his at-bats are set to go to Ryan Spilborghs, Ty Wigginton, Ian Stewart and Young.
Young spent about five weeks in the majors before being sent down at the beginning of the month, hitting .229 with no extra-base hits and just two walks in 48 at-bats.
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