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08/23/09 7:19 PM ET

Hand injury sidelines Gonzalez

Rockies outfielder suffers puncture wound from steak knife

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was able to laugh and announce that he has changed his silverware philosophy.

"I'm going to start using plastic," Gonzalez said Sunday, a day after suffering a puncture wound in his left (throwing) hand that required one stitch.

After eating at home following the Rockies' 14-11 victory over the Giants on Saturday night, Gonzalez dropped a steak knife while cleaning up and grabbed it. Ouch.

Gonzalez was able to laugh because the injury is not serious enough to require a stint on the 15-day disabled list. In the best case, Gonzalez could take batting practice and be available to hit by Wednesday. Manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez might be able to play as a pinch-runner before then, possibly as soon as Monday.

"That was a very sharp knife," Gonzalez said. "It was 40 minutes after the game. Then I had to run to the emergency room."

Tracy said it was unlikely Gonzalez would have started Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Giants. Seth Smith, who played left and led off, entered the game 2-for-3 with a home run against Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Smith broke open the game in the seventh with a two-run, 451-foot homer.

The stitch is in the fatty part of Gonzalez's hand, between the base of the thumb and the palm.

The left-handed-hitting Gonzalez, who has worked into regular duty in left field and center field, has six home runs in his last 11 games and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.