Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez has hit at least 20 homers each of the last four years, including a career-best 34 in 2010. (Associated Press)
Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez has hit at least 20 homers each of the last four years, including a career-best 34 in 2010. (Associated Press)

Gonzalez put on DL

Carlos Gonzalez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because the All-Star left fielder has seen little improvement in his sprained right middle finger.

To fill the roster spot, Jeff Francis was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He will work out of the bullpen.

Gonzalez has been bothered by the finger since hurting it during an at-bat July 7. He has started only one of Colorado’s five games this month.

Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies tried to avoid the move as long as they could, but Gonzalez has aggravated the injury several times swinging the bat.

Gonzalez leads the N.L. with a .591 slugging percentage and is second with 26 homers.

Union files appeal

The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.

Union spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association had no further comment.

Minor-league stunt

The minor league baseball team in New Britain, Conn., is acknowledging it staged a rejected marriage proposal as a publicity stunt.

In a video posted online, the woman being proposed to on the field replies, “I’m sorry, I can’t, I’m sorry” and then flees. The video has been viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube and was the subject of several news stories.

The Double-A Rock Cats, an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging the club staged the event with two employees standing in for the unhappy couple.

Clearing the bases

Umpire Manny Gonzalez was held out of the Rockies-Mets game Wednesday night because was experiencing dizziness and had swelling in his throat a day after being hit by a pitch. … Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Thornton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. … Chase Utley and the Phillies have agreed to a contract extension that could keep the five-time All-Star in Philadelphia through at least the 2015 season. The deal reportedly is worth around $27 million over two seasons.

New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and a teammate outside Brooklyn’s minor league baseball stadium. … The Detroit Tigers have released veteran closer Jose Valverde from his contract with Triple-A Toledo. … The Kansas City Royals have optioned left-hander Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha to make room for Danny Duffy to start Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is set to take the next step in his return from shoulder surgery and will pitch a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla. … Indians starter Corey Kluber will miss at least one month – and maybe longer – with a sprained right middle finger. … The Indians have signed utilityman Ryan Raburn to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2016. … The Cincinnati Reds activated reliever Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day disabled list.


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