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Carlos Gonzalez aiming for weekend return from disabled list

Aug 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury on July 22 and afterward reported feeling “a lot better than I expected.”

Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez is scheduled to take another round of batting practice today and then begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment in preparation for potentially coming off the DL as soon as this weekend.

Gonzalez’s injury came at a particularly bad time because he’d finally gotten on track following a rough start to the season, hitting .324 with 12 homers over a 58-game stretch to increase his overall OPS from .647 to .849. In his absence the Rockies have gone 4-6 with Eric Young Jr., Ryan Spilborghs, and Ty Wigginton replacing him in left field.

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