7/23/2014 4:02 P.M. ET
Rox hope slumping CarGo benefits from day off
By Cody Ulm / MLB.com
DENVER -- If it wasn't clear that Carlos Gonzalez was pressing before, the Rockies right fielder made it painfully apparent by slamming down his bat in frustration after yet another strikeout in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals.
On Wednesday, manager Walt Weiss decided to give Gonzalez a day off with the two-time All-Star entrenched in a 7-for-32 slump since returning from finger surgery on July 11.
"He's healthy and fresh and everything, so that's not a big deal," Weiss said. "But I just see the wheels churning and the smoke coming out of his ears trying to get his timing back. So I'm just trying to give him a breather today."
Gonzalez's three strikeouts Tuesday night brought his total up to 14 in his eight games back. This past Friday, Gonzalez struck out in all five of his at-bats in the Rockies' 4-2 loss to the Pirates.
The next day, Gonzalez came through with his first home run since May 30, but Weiss can tell he's still searching for his timing.
"The swing path will get messed up if you're timing is not right," Weiss said. "If your timing is off, it will even show up at times in [batting practice]."
With the Rockies also having an off-day Thursday, Weiss is hoping Gonzalez can take some time to step back and gather himself.
"He's frustrated," Weiss said. "Any athlete that has to struggle to get their timing back, it's not a good feeling. But all you can do is work your way through it, and that's what CarGo is doing."
Flande impressing with fortitude in rotation
DENVER -- While Rockies manager Walt Weiss wouldn't go as far as to announce that left-hander Yohan Flande is in line for more starts, he did say it's a telling sign he's "still around."
"He's done a nice job," Weiss said. "The thing that I'm impressed with, with Flande, is his ability to throw strikes. He attacks the strike zone. He's not afraid of the strike zone. He's got enough deception to make it tough on hitters."
Flande wouldn't have even had an opportunity to make his Major League debut with the Rockies this season after nine years in the Minors if it wasn't for five starters in front of him landing on the disabled list.
Now, with right-hander Eddie Butler slow to regain his form following right rotator cuff inflammation and right-hander Jordan Lyles' fractured left hand taking longer to heal than expected, Flande looks to be in line for two more starts.
But in beginning his second stint with the Rockies' rotation Tuesday, Flande continued to show an inability to get through a lineup three times.
In his four starts with Colorado, Flande has been unable to make it further than the first out of the sixth inning, a fact Weiss is quite aware of.
"You try to keep an eye on him as he starts to get around that 80-pitch mark," Weiss said. "There seems to be a bit of a trend there the third time through [a lineup]."
For that reason, it seems Flande would be better suited for the bullpen long term. But Weiss isn't in the business of turning down starting pitching at the moment, especially with how banged up his staff is.
"That's an option, maybe, at some point," Weiss said. "It's tough to turn away starting pitching, so you don't ever want to do that, but you also want to put players in the best possible position to succeed."
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.