Ailing finger keeps Gonzalez sidelined for second game

Ailing finger keeps Gonzalez sidelined for second game

ATLANTA -- Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Friday as he continues to deal with swelling in his left index finger. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Thursday that Gonzalez is day to day and the club is taking a cautious approach with the outfielder.

"I wanted to give that finger another day to calm down," Weiss said. "… I know coming to the park today, even if his finger feels good and I think it's doing much better, I want to give him another day for that thing to calm down.

Corey Dickerson made his second straight start in place of Gonzalez, who saw his finger flare up in Wednesday night's 6-1 loss to the Giants. Dickerson finished 1-for-3 while manning left field for Colorado on Thursday.

The finger prevents Gonzalez from building on what was a strong homestand at Coors Field the previous week. He batted .333 (6-for-18) with two doubles, four RBIs and three multi-hit games against the Giants and the Padres.

Gonzalez has reached base safely in 18 of his past 20 games, batting .325 (26-for-80) with three homers, 14 RBIs, eight doubles and a .360 on-base percentage.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.