CarGo remains out, but finger continues to improve

CarGo remains out, but finger continues to improve

ATLANTA -- Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game on Saturday due to swelling in his left index finger, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the outfielder would be available to pinch-hit against the Braves.

Gonzalez was on deck when DJ LeMahieu struck out against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel for the final out in Colorado's 3-2 loss on Friday night at Turner Field.

"I was going to use him as a last resort," Weiss said. "That was the last resort last night in that situation, but to go out there today and take 4-5 at-bats, I just didn't feel like he was quite there yet."

However, Weiss is confident Gonzalez is on the right track to return soon. His finger flared up during Wednesday night's loss to the Giants at Coors Field.

"CarGo's getting better," Weiss said.

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