Carlos Gonzalez will miss his second consecutive game due to a calf injury, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The outfielder’s injury comes amidst his team’s hot 18-12 start to the season.
“He has a calf strain, but it sounds like the mild type,” Dr. Selene Parekh, a Duke University orthopedic surgeon, said. “He could require 7-14 days of rest and treatment before getting back on the field but will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.”
Colorado’s oft-injured slugger may not have hit the disabled list yet this season but he is getting close. Keep him on your fantasy team, considering it is only expected to be a short absence. Gonzalez has the ability to get very hot with the bat, so despite batting just .200 this season, he remains a stash until he can get back on the field. Especially when he is hitting in that red-hot Rockies lineup.
Ian Desmond returned from injury last weekend, forcing veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra to the bench. However, the Gonzalez injury will allow Parra to receive everyday at-bats. Typically a lower-end fantasy option that is always hovering on the waiver wire, Parra has gotten an offensive boost in Colorado. He is batting .291 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 86 at-bats this season. For however long Gonzalez is on the waiver wire, Parra may be worth owning.
Colorado will not be complaining about losing Gonzalez’s production in the lineup, considering Parra has surprisingly posted better power numbers than the veteran this season. The injury also forces the team to use Ian Desmond in the outfield more rather than at first base, which was where he had signed to play. Mark Reynolds should have full-reigns at first base with Desmond needed primarily in the outfield.
Reynolds leads Colorado with nine home runs to go with his 24 RBI and .314 batting average. If he is not already owned in your league, he should be. Especially considering he is safe from Desmond stealing his playing time for the foreseeable future.
PatValaika and Alexi Amarista may get more playing time in the outfield as well, but Parra is the biggest beneficiary of the injury.