PHOENIX -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Rockies will honor several individuals on Sept. 22 with a pregame on-field ceremony that will crown a winner of the Colorado Rockies Adult Leadership Award and the youth winners of the Youth Artistic Contest.
This season marks the eleventh that the Rockies have honored leaders of all ages in the community in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The three finalists for the adult award, Timi Aguilar, Laura Sonderup and Patricia Barela-Rivera, will be recognized for the positive work they have done in the Hispanic community before the overall winner is announced.
An adjoining ceremony will honor the winners of the youth contest with this year's topic of "Heroes," using baseball legend Roberto Clemente as an inspirational example.
De La Rosa may be forced to push back start
PHOENIX -- Three days after exiting his Tuesday start in the second inning with left thumb and index finger discomfort, Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa battled with pain throughout his bullpen session Friday at Chase Field and might need to have his scheduled start on Monday against the Cardinals pushed back.
"That's another decision we'll have to make," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He'll have to be evaluated. His hand is really bothering him."
Despite enjoying a career season, going 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA, De La Rosa's thumb has been a constant issue. He first sustained a bruised left thumb June 17 at Toronto, but he managed to pitch through it that day and held the Blue Jays scoreless on one hit through seven innings.
In every start since, De La Rosa has admitted, the injury has been a problem to some degree. The 32-year-old recently underwent an MRI that revealed a sprain.
"I just know it hurts," Weiss said. "He's gone out there for the majority of his starts with an injured hand. That says a lot about his toughness."
Sprained finger may keep CarGo out of batter's box
PHOENIX -- With Carlos Gonzalez's sprained right middle finger still bothering him and just a little more than two weeks remaining on the schedule, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Friday the All-Star outfielder might not get another at-bat this season.
"It's possible," Weiss said. "We're sneaking up on the end here, so it's possible."
Since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 3, Gonzalez has appeared in six games, but all of them have been as a defensive replacement. The 27-year-old initially sustained the injury at the beginning of August.
"I don't think much has changed, still tough for him to swing a bat," Weiss said. "He's gotten evaluated and re-evaluated about six or seven times by a handful of different doctors. We're trying to look under every stone, but not a whole lot has changed."
If Gonzalez remains unable to swing the bat, the club still plans to use him defensively and potentially as a pinch-runner.
• Because of Matt Belisle's struggles this month -- eight earned runs in just 5 1/3 innings -- Weiss said Friday the right-hander will be given a few days' rest in hopes the time off will help him straighten things out.
"Physically, he's convinced me he feels fine, but I plan on giving him a couple days," Weiss said. "I think Matty is as tough mentally as anyone we have. He's battling through a tough stretch right here, but I don't have any doubt he's going to be effective again."
• Dexter Fowler (left knee) was out of the Rockies' lineup for a sixth consecutive game Friday, but Weiss said there's reason to believe Fowler could return sometime this weekend against the D-backs.
"Dexter is feeling better right now," the manager said. "I think there's a good chance you could see him at some point during this series. That's possible, it seems."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.