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Gonzalez scratched, insists it isn’t serious

The Rockies scratched outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from Wednesday’s lineup because of sore quadriceps on both legs. On a day when closer Huston Street’s shoulder is the talk of the day, the last thing the Rockies need is an injury to another key player.

Not to worry, said Gonzalez, who was replaced by veteran non-roster invitee Jay Payton in left field.

Gonzalez, who has hit .348 with a .400 on-base percentage and has led hitting coach Don Baylor to say he’s ready if the season were to begin now, said he was merely sore from a training session. Gonzalez is planning to make the bus trip to Peoria, Ariz., for Thursday’s game against the Mariners.

“It was from lifting, my legs got tight, so it’s no big deal — it will feel better tomorrow,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, 24, said the confidence he gained from a strong second half of last season and a 10-for-17 performance in the 3-games-to-1 loss to the Phillies in last year’s National League Division Series has carried over to this spring. In addition to the high average and OBP, Gonzalez has three doubles, four RBIs, two walks and a steal against one strikeout.

“I’m feeling good at the plate, running and everything,” Gonzalez said. “I have a lot more confidence in msyelf. Everybody believes in me. That gives me a lot of motivation.”

Split-squad Sunday

The Rockies are playing at Hi Corbett Field and at Tucson Electric Park, against the D-backs in both games.

Here is the lineup fro the game at Hi Corbett:

Eric Young Jr., 2B

Clint Barmes, SS

Carlos Gonzalez, CF

Miguel Olivo, C

Melvin Mora, 3B

Michael Paulk, 1B

Cole Garner, RF

Jay Payton, LF

Aaron Cook, RHP

Here’s the rest of the pitching: RHP Samuel Deduno, LHP Christian Friedrich, RHP Manuel Corpas, LHP Randy Flores.

Here is the lineup for the game at TEP

Dexter Fowler, CF

Omar Quintanilla, 2B

Seth Smith, LF

Ryan Spilborghs, RF

Ian Stewart, 3B

Chris Iannetta, C

Hector Gomez, SS

Jeff Kindel, 1B

Franklin Morales, LHP

Here is the rest of the pitching schedule: RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Andrew Graham, RHP Juan Rincon, RHP Justin Speier, LHP Matt Reynolds.


Intrasquad lineups

Here are the lineups for today’s intrasquad game, which is starting late but will start shortly:

Away Team (wearing gray pants)

Eric Young Jr., LF

Hector Gomez, SS

Ian Stewart, 3B

Jeff Kindel, 1B

Chris Nelson, 2B

Paul Phillips, C

Cole Garner, RF

Chris Frey, CF

Mike McKenry, DH/C

Pitchers — Chaz Roe, Christian Friedrich, Edgmer Escalona, Craig Baker, Jimmy Gobble, Andrew Graham


Home Team, wearing white pants

Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Omar Quintanilla, SS

Matt Miller, LF

Michael Paulk, RF

Jay Payton, CF

Paul Lo Duca, 1B

Darin Holcomb, 3B

Wilin Rosario, C

Jordan Pacheco, DH/C

Pitchers — Samuel Deduno, Juan Nicasio, Alberto Alburquerque, Shane Lindsay, Andrew Johnston

Payton hopes return to Rox pays off

Jay Payton’s first go-round with the Rockies wound up lucrative for him.


After hitting .309 with 36 home runs and 117 RBIs for the club in 2002 and 2003, Payton signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Padres. After that, he signed for two years and $9.5 million with the Orioles.


Now the Payton has a chance to be a bargain for the Rockies.


Before last season, Payton was unsigned and suffered a torn right labrum while lifting weights. It cost him all of last season. Now he is with the Rockies under a Minor League contract. There is no “out” in the deal, meaning if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster he is obligated to play at Triple-A Colorado Springs.


“This was one of the few teams that were going to give me an opportunity,” Payton said. “Why not? They’ve been playing great ball. I had a great time when I was here last time. I just want to come in and play after sitting out for a year.


“You miss it and want to come back and have fun. They have a great squad. From the outside looking in I’m more of an insurance policy than anything right now. But I want to show that I’m healthy and can still play the game.”


Payton said he has been throwing for four months, and he’s able to throw 180 feet on a line.