7/11/2013 10:08 P.M. ET
CarGo withdraws from Home Run Derby
Rockies outfielder still plans to play in All-Star Game
By William Boor / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who sprained his right middle finger Sunday against the D-backs, withdrew from the 2013 Chevrolet Home Run Derby on Thursday.
"I love to compete, I would love to represent the Rockies in the Home Run Derby and be there on the big stage, but my finger is not feeling 100 percent," Gonzalez said. "I think what's most important right now is my health and being in the Rockies lineup every day."
Gonzalez, an All-Star for the second time in his career, is hitting .302 and leads the National League with 24 home runs.
"I will be playing in the All-Star Game, but it's not comfortable when you have to hit in BP and swing 100 percent all the time," Gonzalez said.
NL captain David Wright selected Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to replace Gonzalez. Wright and Alvarez will join Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer on the NL Derby team.
The 2013 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 6 p.m. MT on Monday. In Canada, the Derby will be televised by Rogers Sportsnet.
Fans can also download the official MLB.com Home Run Derby Game, featuring 24 sluggers from the 2010-2012 Home Run Derby events. Connect and challenge gamers on the worldwide leaderboards. Available for free on the Apple App Store.
The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.