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Carlos Gonzalez unlikely to play again this season

Sep 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is unlikely to return to the playing field this season.

CarGo is still battling soreness in his banged-up right wrist and had a wisdom tooth extracted last week.

He could probably push through the discomfort and function as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement over the Rockies’ final handful of games, but what would be the point? The Rockies entered play Sunday 21 games back of the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings and 18 games behind the Braves in the National League Wild Card chase. They’re, um, out of it.

Gonzalez, 25, batted .295/.363/.526 with 26 home runs, 92 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 542 plate appearances this year for fourth-place Colorado. He earned National League MVP votes last season when he posted a .336/.376/.598 slash line, 34 home runs, 117 RBI and 26 steals across 636 plate appearances.

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