After a month and a half of rest and relaxation forced in part by a wrist injury, Carlos Gonzalez is swinging a bat again.
The Rockies outfielder, whose playing time with the Rockies was severely cut because of several injuries, is practicing once again at the Luis Aparicio El Grande Stadium in his hometown of Maracaibo, Venezuela, which is 447 miles west of the capital Caracas.
"I will train progressively," said Gonzalez in a press release. "I have no rush.
According to how my hand feels, I will be adjusting my training schedule so I can be ready for the 2012 MLB season."
In the 2010 season, his first full year in the Big Show, Gonzalez earned the National League Batting title. One year later, he had to settle for a .295 batting average, 26 homers and 92 RBIs.
Injuries, most especially the one caused by an outfield wall collision in September, caused him to miss plenty of end-of-the-season action.
"I feel no pain in my wrist," Gonzalez said in the release. "I believe it's 70 percent recovered."
For the second consecutive season Gonzalez will not play in the winter for Aguilas del Zulia, his Venezuelan League ballclub. The intense pace of the Majors and his current condition are forcing him to spend the offseason healing and training. On Monday, Gonzalez returned to the gym and on Tuesday he resumed baseball activity.
Wilin Rosario unleashes his batting power in the Dominican Barely 13 games have been played since the start of the Dominican League, and Colorado Rockies catching prospect Wilin Rosario has gone on a hitting streak.
The backstop, who played 16 games with the Rockies last season, is leading the Dominican League in RBIs with 15 and is second best in the home run category with four.
He plays for the Aguilas Cibaeñas, one of six teams that make up the Dominican circuit.
His average with the Aguilas Cibaeñas is .267, or 14 hits in 45 at-bats.
Two examples of Rosario's production: On opening day, the Aguilas beat the Gigantes del Cibao 10-9. In that game, Rosario went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, including a walkoff shot.
On Oct. 22, Rosario also jacked a homer and two singles, with a total of four driven in.
Rosario's performance between October 17 and 23 earned him the "Star Ballplayer of the Week" award, which he shared with teammate, Alexander Carreras, a pitcher.
During four games that week, Rosario was batting.462, with 14 hits in 13 at-bats, including two homers, nine RBIs and three runs scored.