Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list with an injured finger. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained joint of the right middle finger, the team announced.
Gonzalez is hitting .302 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 103 games this season. He also leads the National League with 231 total bases. Gonzalez has been bothered by the finger injury on his glove hand for over a month. Gonzalez even tried to change his grip on the bat, but the injury just got worse.
"This is very frustrating and it's not something I wanted," Gonzalez said. "But this is something we had to do for the good of the team — and hopefully to help me get better. I mean, I wanted to play, but I can't be in this situation."
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The team called up left-hander Jeff Francis from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Gonzalez's roster spot.
"It is frustrating and it's hard," Gonzalez said. "Not too long ago we were only four games out of first (in the National League West), right around the all-star break. But then I got hurt right before the break, so it's been hard. The past few weeks it has really affected me, mentally and physically. I can only try to get better and see if I can come back and help the team."