The Colorado Rockies are in Arizona for a three-game set with the Diamondbacks and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez's status is still murky. An MRI revealed that he has sore ligaments in his right wrist, which caused him to leave during an at-bat in the fifth inning on Thursday afternoon. He traveled with the team to Phoenix, but a trip to the disabled list still could happen.
But sitting Gonzalez for however long it takes him to recover may be the best course. The Rockies are 47-52 and 10 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the NL West lead. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, are a bit closer with just a four-game gap ahead of them. The D'backs have taken six of the nine games against the Rockies this year, including the last three.
Back in May, the two teams played a four-game set to make up for the canceled game at the start of the season. On the Tuesday the teams played a double-header, the Rockies lost Jorge De La Rosa to a torn UCL. Though they prevailed in that game, the Rockies lost the next three games.
On Friday, the Rockies have Aaron Cook on the mound, and he's just trying to stay in the rotation. Injury did set back his season, but clearly Cook is not the pitcher he was a few years ago. After a July 6 start against the Braves saw him allow seven runs in five innings, Cook started the second half by lasting just 4.2 innings. He gave up three runs and the Rockies lost, 4-3. He has a 6.89 ERA and a 1.889 WHIP in 11 appearances (10 starts) at Chase Field.
The D'Backs put Daniel Hudson to work. He started the D'Backs second game of the season and took the loss to the Rockies by allowing three runs in the 3-1 loss. He's worked his way to a 3.56 ERA and 10 wins. He is coming off of a complete game against the Dodgers, allowing one run. He also went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three total RBI in the game.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. MT.