LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Gonzalez sat out Thursday night, and he may sit out a few more because of a right-knee contusion he suffered on a spectacular catch and crash into the wall Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.Manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez remained day-to-day and there was no talk of a trip to the disabled list. Asked if he was in the lineup, Gonzalez said: "Definitely not, I can't even walk." That was hyperbole, but he was limping in the clubhouse and said the pain hadn't lessened any from Wednesday. Gonzalez said the team medical staff wanted to take a wait-and-see approach before sending him out for any potential tests, like an MRI exam or X-ray. "They're just waiting," said Gonzalez, who's batting .325 with 18 homers and 79 RBIs. "I don't know, I don't know what they're going to do." The Rockies, however, have received some positive news regarding injured arms of late. Jeff Francis, on the DL with shoulder soreness, threw about 50 tosses at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, maxing out at 90 feet. Taylor Buchholz, who's out with lower back stiffness, also played long toss Thursday and is to throw a side session on Friday when the Rockies visit the D-backs. On Wednesday, Matt Daley threw a bullpen in Colorado as he works his way back from the 60-day DL and shoulder inflammation, while Aaron Cook threw a 60-pitch bullpen in Tulsa. Cook, out with turf toe in his right foot, is to throw a two-inning simulated game Friday.
Rockies react to Hawpe's release
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Jim Tracy on Thursday officially announced what was known the night before: Brad Hawpe's career with the Rockies was over.Hawpe was designated for assignment and 25-year-old reliever Matt Reynolds was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Hawpe, 31, hit .280 with 118 home runs and 464 RBIs in his seven seasons in the Majors, all with the Rockies. He's seventh on the team's home run list and eighth on the RBI list. Tracy said he "was in a box" when it came to finding playing time for a crowded outfield, and Hawpe's playing time and numbers both suffered. Though he hit .255 in just 300 at-bats this season, the numbers didn't make letting Hawpe go any less painful. "Last night was not easy for a lot of us," Tracy said. "Just because of what this man has meant to this organization, not for a very short, [but] a long period of time. He is part of the fabric of the organization and how it represents itself. He has been just a wonderful leader in our clubhouse." Hawpe was a role model, particularly for Carlos Gonzalez. Todd Helton, who is Hawpe's neighbor and co-owns a ranch with him, said he knows Hawpe will be able to show he can play again with sufficient playing time. "It's never easy, but whether it's the best move ..." Helton. "I know it's not the best move for me, because I'm losing a good friend. But hopefully it's a good move for him, for his career and furthering it." Hawpe's final at-bat came on Wednesday, when he had a pinch-hit single in the seventh at Dodger Stadium in a 10-inning, 3-2 win for Colorado. "I also think that single I saw Brad get last night in a pinch-hit appearance may have been the most beautiful single that I have ever seen hit in my career, and I mean that," Tracy said. "If you would've seen the response in this dugout, after he got that base hit, you'd understand completely everything that I'm saying to you."
Rockies call up reliever Reynolds
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Reynolds' callup to the big leagues on Thursday in place of Brad Hawpe was rather typical.The 25-year-old left-handed reliever had a cryptic conversation with Triple-A Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole on Wednesday, alerting Reynolds to the possibility of his first trip to the bigs. Then, when he arrived at Dodger Stadium midday on Thursday, his pants didn't exactly fit. "Yesterday afternoon, at like 4 or 5 p.m.," Reynolds explained. "We got rained out yesterday in Nashville and our manager's just like, 'Hey, before you leave make sure I have your phone number.' And he's like 'Did you bring your suit jacket and tie?'" Overall, the chance to make his Major League debut has been "a roller coaster ride, a lot of joy." The Rockies' 20th-round draft pick in 2007, Reynolds went 1-3 with a 2.62 ERA, seven saves and 67 strikeouts at Colorado Springs. He walked just 16. Reynolds knows most of the team from Spring Training. "Actually it's kind of nice, because it helps ease the transition," he said.
Smith looking at increased playing time
LOS ANGELES -- Brad Hawpe's exit means more playing time for Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, who broke out of an 0-for-21 slump on Wednesday with a single, walk and two runs scored, despite two strikeouts."I just sat down and had a conversation with Seth Smith," manager Jim Tracy said. "A door has opened and an opportunity as we move forawrd will present itself. And what is done with that opportunity and where we go, it will be determined by what the player himself does." Smith is hitting .265 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs in 271 at-bats. Eric Young, too, is likely to see more action. Tracy said he wouldn't necessarily use Jason Giambi more often as a pinch-hitter with Hawpe gone -- his choice of either Hawpe or Giambi, Tracy said, was always strategic and based upon game situations.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.