5/24/2014 4:43 P.M. ET
Tulo avoids broken bat on 'awkward' play at short
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Justin Upton led off the bottom of the sixth on Friday night with a sharp grounder to Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Unfortunately for Tulowitzki, the barrel of Upton's bat accompanied the ball and nearly hit the shortstop.
"I've never really had a play like that, at least that close where the bat follows the ball, so that was awkward," Tulowitzki said. "Something that you can't practice. Something that you've never seen."
The barrel of the bat hit the dirt right in front of Tulowitzki, who somehow managed to field the ball and make a throw to first. Upton beat the Tulowitzki's toss by a step, robbing the shortstop of a spectacular assist.
"There was maybe some luck involved there, but yeah, it was just one of those instinct plays," Tulowitzki said.
Upton reached base with an infield single to begin the inning in a game tied at 2, but the play ultimately amounted to nothing as Colorado starter Jordan Lyles managed to strand Upton and escape the frame unscathed.
"I like to charge a lot of balls and go get them," Tulowitzki said. "That was one of them where I had to stay back, and it was a break for them."
CarGo remains out, but finger continues to improve
ATLANTA -- Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game on Saturday due to swelling in his left index finger, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the outfielder would be available to pinch-hit against the Braves.
Gonzalez was on deck when DJ LeMahieu struck out against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel for the final out in Colorado's 3-2 loss on Friday night at Turner Field.
"I was going to use him as a last resort," Weiss said. "That was the last resort last night in that situation, but to go out there today and take 4-5 at-bats, I just didn't feel like he was quite there yet."
However, Weiss is confident Gonzalez is on the right track to return soon. His finger flared up during Wednesday night's loss to the Giants at Coors Field.
"CarGo's getting better," Weiss said.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.