DENVER — Carlos Gonzalez is crossing his swollen left index finger that a little break can finally fix his dinged-up digit.
After dealing with a finicky finger for most of the season, the Rockies All-Star outfielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The .300 career hitter had been unable to grip the bat with his finger so inflamed and has seen his average dip to .255.
"Everybody knows I'm not the same player out there," Gonzalez, 28, said. "I don't think it's just smart to play that way and keep hurting the team when I have teammates that are doing really good. I think this is the best option right now."
The break will give Gonzalez a chance to rest not only his ailing finger but a balky left knee that has given him trouble at times.
To fill Gonzalez's roster spot, the Rockies recalled INF Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
SUIT DROPPED: The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota dropped a lawsuit challenging a Minneapolis ordinance limiting other events around the time of next month's All-Star Game, the ACLU said.
ANGELS: An MRI exam on CF Mike Trout revealed no structural damage in his ailing back, but the two-time All-Star was out of the starting lineup for the third time in four games.
CUBS: The team is leaving WGN Radio, its home for 90 years. A news conference is scheduled for today to announce a long-term broadcast deal with a CBS affiliate.
GIANTS: RHP Matt Cain, on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, is expected to return Friday.
INDIANS: RHP Danny Salazar, demoted to Triple-A Columbus a month ago, went on the disabled list with a strained triceps muscle.
MARLINS: 2B Derek Dietrich, the former Rays farmhand acquired in the trade for SS Yunel Escobar, was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans to work on his defense. … RH reliever Carter Capps won't need surgery on his strained right elbow, a second opinion confirmed.
PADRES: RHP Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list since May 17 with elbow soreness, is expected to return to the rotation Saturday.
RANGERS: RHP Alexi Ogando went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
TIGERS: SS Jose Iglesias, 24, out since spring training with shin fractures, isn't expected back this season, GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News. SS Eugenio Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
YANKEES: OF Carlos Beltran, on the disabled list since May 15 with pain related to a bone spur in his right elbow, went 1-for-5 in his final extended spring game in Tampa and could rejoin the team in a few days.