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Sore calf keeps CarGo out of starting lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was not limping Wednesday as much as he was after Tuesday's game, when he fouled a pitch off his right calf in the second inning and later exited the Rockies' 6-2 victory over the Phillies. Nonetheless, Gonzalez was not in the lineup Wednesday.

"Yesterday, I was limping pretty bad, but now I feel good, actually," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, who grounded into a double play as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 6-3 loss, said the frustrating part of the injuries this year is they aren't preventable. He has played through left knee tendinitis in the past, but this year, he has had unpredictable flare-ups that have affected his production, and he's dealt on and off with a left index finger injury that causes sudden swelling.

A sprained ligament in his right middle finger -- a far more serious injury than the left index finger ailment this year -- curtailed Gonzalez's effectiveness for the second half of the 2013 season.

"The injuries have been crazy," Gonzalez said. "The tendinitis is from fatigue, from a lot of work and a lot of running, because it's not easy to play in the outfield. It started last year, but I played through it and was the same player, with a pain in my knee. I was stealing bases, I was going after balls and I was hitting the ball hard. Then with the fingers, and the foul ball, there's nothing I can do about it."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb.
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