ST. LOUIS -- Rockies third-base coach Rich Dauer fractured his nose after getting hit by a throw from infielder Chris Nelson during a batting practice mishap before Sunday night's game against the Cardinals.
The accident left Dauer bloody. A Rockies spokesman said that Dauer, who was accompanied by Rockies assistant trainer Scott Gehret, was taken to a local emergency room for tests and evaluations. Dauer returned to the Rockies' clubhouse during the game.
For Sunday's game, first-base coach Glenallen Hill moved to third base, and catching coach Marv Foley, who travels with the team, took over first-base coach duties.
The incident occurred when Nelson and Jonathan Herrera were working on double plays. The Rockies' spokesman said that there might have been miscommunication regarding when they would begin throwing to first base, where Dauer often takes throws during batting practice.
Dauer, who turned 59 on July 27, has been a member of the Rockies' coaching staff since 2009 and has been a member of the Rockies' organization since 2006. He was also an infielder in the big leagues for nine years, playing with the Orioles from 1976-85.
Dauer was cleared to travel on the team plane after the game, according to Rockies manager Jim Tracy.
Helton focused on team, not career numbers
ST. LOUIS -- Rockies first baseman Todd Helton keeps piling up the numbers, even though he can't fully enjoy them.
Helton's two-run double in Saturday night's 6-1 victory over the Cardinals gave him 1,301 career RBIs, which made him the 106th player in Major League history to reach 1,300. He also has 932 extra-base hits, two shy of Ivan Rodriguez, who is 52nd on the all-time list. But the problem is that the Rockies entered Sunday's game just 56-65.
"I'm not playing for numbers," Helton said. "It's always good to do well. But I don't think I'm doing great. I'm doing average."
Helton began the seven-game road trip, which ends on Sunday night, worried about his swing. He felt worn down, which caused him to try to generate his swing with his muscles. On certain at-bats when he's feeling that way, he drops to a lower bat weight.
But this road trip has seen a resurgence from Helton. He has started all but one game and carried a .350 average (7-for-20) into Sunday. Overall, he entered the series finale hitting .307 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs.
Helton said that the team's performance this season was, "confusing, I guess."
Then he offered a possible explanation.
"We just don't play well with expectations," Helton said. "We're better at coming out of nowhere. I have no idea why."
CarGo continues power display against lefties
ST. LOUIS -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is making sure that no matchup is particularly favorable to the opponent.
Gonzalez has homered twice off left-handed pitching during the current road trip -- off the Reds' Bill Bray, who had not given up a home run all season, and off Jaime Garcia, who had not yielded a homer to a lefty since last July.
Since the beginning of last season, Gonzalez has 18 home runs off left-handed pitching. That's tied with the Yankees' Robinson Cano for the second-most among left-handed hitters.
The homer off Garcia on Saturday night was not an easy one.
"It was an 0-2 count and that ball was running away from me, it was a breaking pitch," Gonzalez said. "I just hit it off the end of the bat and the ball just went out of the park."
Despite hitting three homers on the road trip, Gonzalez entered Sunday hitting .208 (5-for-24), but with seven RBIs. Overall, Gonzalez is hitting .282 with 18 home runs and 65 RBIs in a season that has been twice interrupted by wrist injuries. The first incident caused him to miss considerable time, while the second caused him to miss 14 games.
"He didn't have a very good offensive series in Cincinnati [a four-game split], and I think he'd be the first one to tell you that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't think he was very happy with himself. But he has bounced back here in the first two games of this series and has looked like the Carlos Gonzalez that we've grown very accustomed to around here."
Veteran left-handed pitcher J.C. Romero checked out fine following a physical on Saturday and a bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Sunday, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. The Rockies could sign and activate him as soon as Monday.
Tracy said that Romero would not cost one of the Rockies' two young left-handers -- second-year man Matt Reynolds or rookie Rex Brothers -- a roster spot.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.